China and Egypt agreed to strengthen co-operation in the peaceful use of
nuclear energy, according to a joint communiqu released Monday in Beijing.
The document does not give any details, but earlier reports said that Cairo
in late September announced it was relaunching its civil nuclear programme after
a suspension of 20 years following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed
Abul Gheit reportedly said that Egypt talked about the possible help China would
give to Egypt over its civilian nuclear programme.
President Hu Jintao shakes hands
with visiting Eyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the Great Hall of
the People yesterday. The two leaders agreed to consolidate political
ties, expand economic relations and increase cultural exchanges.
Increased co-operation in agriculture, science and technology, finance,
tourism, environment, medical treatment, energy, aerospace technology,
information and telecommunications were also highlighted in the document.
President Hu Jintao held a welcoming ceremony for visiting Eyptian President
Hosni Mubarak in the Great Hall of the People and then the two held a
Mubarak, who has visited China nine times, is described by Hu as a "close
friend of China," and the two leaders agreed to consolidate political ties,
expand economic and trade relations and increase exchanges in the cultural
Egypt was the first country in Africa and the Arab world to recognize China
and the two countries this year celebrate their 50th anniversary of establishing
diplomatic relations. Mubarak visited China to take part in the Beijing Summit
of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation. The next ministerial-level forum will
be held in Egypt.
The two countries signed four agreements yesterday, covering economic,
technological, public health and investment fields.
President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao visited Egypt in January 2004 and
in June 2006 respectively. Bilateral trade hit US$2.145 billion last year, up
36.1 per cent over the previous year.
In the joint communiqu, Egypt reiterates its one-China policy and opposes
"Taiwan independence" in any form.
On the issues in the Middle East, the two countries agreed that they should
strive for peace on the basis of international law, relevant United Nations
resolutions, the "land-for-peace" principle and the Arab peace initiative. The
two sides condemned all forms of terrorism and are dedicated to enhancing
existing co-operation in anti-terrorism.
They expressed grave concerns over the nuclear test conducted by Democratic
People's Republic of Korea and the escalation of the situation in the Korean
Peninsular. They hoped all relevant parties could resolve the problem through
"rational and peaceful means," and avoid use of force in order to ensure a
China and Egypt support the reform of the United Nations so as to enable it
to better deal with new challenges in the world, including the reform measures
of expanding UN Security Council by absorbing more developing countries,
especially African countries.
Hu yesterday also held separate meetings with Burundian President Pierre
Nkurunziza, Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and Zambian President Levy Patrick
China will support the Somali interim government's efforts to seek peace and
reconstruction, urging the UN Security Council to grant it more support and
assistance, said Hu in the meeting with Yusuf.
China and Burundi have deep traditional friendship, and should enhance
co-operation in investment, infrastructure, telecommunications and agriculture,
said Hu in the meeting with Nkurunziza.
He told Zambian President Mwanawasa that China will further strengthen ties
with Zambia and actively implement the co-operation projects between the two