- Title: CHINA: Egpytian president meets leader-in-waiting Xi
- Date: 29th August 2012
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (AUGUST 29, 2012) (REUTERS) TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE CHINESE AND EGYPTIAN NATIONAL FLAGS FLYING EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MOHAMED MURSI WALKING IN AND SHAKING HANDS WITH CHINESE VICE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MURSI AND XI SHAKING HANDS XI SHAKING HANDS WITH EGYPTIAN DELEGATES/MURSI LOOKING ON XI AND MURSI AND DELEGATES WALKING AWAY MEETING IN PROGRESS XI SPEAKING MURSI LISTENING XI AND MURSI SEATED EGYPTIAN DELEGATES SEATED MURSI SPEAKING XI LISTENING MEETING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE
- Embargoed: 13th September 2012 13:00
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAA53MKYTT0I5JH5FWEWP4OY8UO
- Aspect Ratio:
- Story Text: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi met with Chinese Vice President and leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday (August 29), the second day of his three-day state visit.
Mursi arrived in Beijing on Tuesday (August 28) for his first trip to China since taking power and met with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Mursi and Hu also witnessed signing of accords by officials from the two countries on scientific and agricultural co-operation, environmental protection, tourism and loans from the China Development Bank for scientific development and other purposes after their meeting.
Mursi, who was elected in June and consolidated his power this month by dismissing top military leaders, is seeking to introduce himself to a wider world ahead of a trip to Iran - the first by an Egyptian leader in three decades - and China.
In a commentary, China's official Xinhua news agency said Mursi's visit was a sign he wanted to shift the country's traditional diplomatic focus away from the West and that China stood ready to help in Egypt's economic recovery.
China had generally comfortable relations with former president Hosni Mubarak's government, but ties with Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood-associated government have been less clear.
Mursi's visit could provide a chance to see how China intends to steer relations with Egypt and other major Middle Eastern countries transformed by the Arab Spring.
The Egyptian President is also scheduled to meet with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao later in the day.
After his China stop, Mursi will go to Iran to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement on Thursday (August 30).
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None