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Aid no longer buys affection for US on Egypt’s streets (2)

(Global Times)

08:34, August 27, 2012

The US has been trying to interfere in Egyptian domestic affairs for many years.

The US has pressed Egyptians to establish a Western-style democratic system since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. But when Morsi, who doesn't favor the US, was elected as the new president through legal procedures, the US expressed strong disappointment and suspicion, which aroused dissatisfaction of the Egyptian public.

We cannot say that US aid to Egypt has lost its influence, but one certain thing is that it cannot make the new Egyptian government follow the US lead in domestic and foreign policies any more.

For a long time, China has been providing assistance to Egypt within its ability. Although it's less than the US provides, China's assistance has more practical effects in helping Egypt. More importantly, China respects Egypt's choice of political system, and there are definitely no political associations with economic assistance.

During Morsi's visit, the two countries will exchange ideas on bilateral relations and relevant international issues. And they will sign a series of bilateral cooperative agreements.

One of the challenges of the new Egyptian government is to develop the economy and improve people's livelihood. Under such conditions, expanding trade with China and enhancing economic cooperation, especially attracting more Chinese investment to boost employment have practical and significant meanings. China's experiences in alleviating poverty and developing economy could also help Egypt. That's why Morsi chose China for his first trip.
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