by Emad al
Azraq, Zheng Kailun CAIRO (Xinhua) -- The
Chinese-Egyptian cultural year is a great chance to know more
about Chinese culture, Anwar Moghith, director of Egypt’s
National Center for Translation (NCT), told Xinhua in a recent
“The Chinese literature is rich, but
we do not know much of it. That is why the cultural year is
really important, as it is a gate to the Chinese culture,”
the Egyptian official said.
Chinese-Egyptian Culture Year was
launched by the two countries earlier this year to mark the 60th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
China and Egypt.
Egyptians paid much attention to the
western culture in the 20th century in an attempt to
modernize the Arab communities, the official said, adding that
the Arabs have become “prisoners of Eurocentrism.”
“However, the results were not what
the Arabs hoped for,” the official said.
Moghith believed that cultural
openness to China’s experience is extremely vital, especially
since China has undergone historic conditions similar to the
experiences of the Arabs such as foreign colonialism and
“But China has managed to become an
important world economic, industrial and scientific power, a
model that many countries admire and follow,” he said.
China and Egypt have been promoting
their friendship and bilateral cooperation in the past six
decades, and in December 2014, leaders of the two countries
upgraded the relations to a “comprehensive strategic
China has become Egypt’s largest
trading partner, with bilateral trade reaching 12.9 billion U.S.
dollars in 2015, while Chinese investment in Egypt hit over 6
billion U.S. dollars and the number of Chinese enterprises in
Egypt exceeded 80.
Moghith revealed that the NCT is
playing a major role in enhancing mutual exchange by translating
“We have recently translated 20 books
from Chinese into Arabic, and another 20 Chinese books from
European languages into Arabic, which are about Chinese
political, economic and cultural experience,” the official
Moghith stressed the necessity to
translate more Chinese works because Egyptians “really need to
know more about China and its culture with a history of
thousands of years.”
“I have met with many Chinese
officials who are very keen to cooperate, but we have not so
far signed any protocols to decide which books would be
translated and the commitments of each side,” Moghith added.
He said the procedures to translate a
Chinese book is complicated as the NCT should first ask China
Writers Association which contacts the author to get his/her
“This takes a long time... we suggest
that these procedures be done directly with the Chinese
embassy in Cairo,” he said.
Talking about Egypt’s participation at
the G20 summit to be held in China’s city of Hangzhou this
September, Moghith said the economic meeting will similarly
serve the cultural interests of both nations.
“Economic partnership enhances
cultural exchange because trade requires communication,
which is an important tool to connect cultures,” Moghith
China Trade Fair shows promising trade prospect between
Shafiq, Wang Xue CAIRO (Xinhua) -- The third edition
of China Trade Fair Egypt has registered 100 percent growth in
exhibitor number, featuring 500 Chinese leading companies and
over 20,000 products.
The three-day fair, held at Cairo
International Convention Center, kicked off on Thursday.
Looked like a mini-China, the fair
gathered hundreds of Chinese business men showing their products
at the hall that was decorated with red slogans and signs,
reflecting a taste of Chinese culture.
Key product sectors at the show
include textile and garments, home appliances, lighting,
building material, gifts, household, hardware, tools and food.
“This is the third China Trade Fair in
Egypt, the growing exhibitor number reflects the keen
interest of Chinese supplier to do business with their
Egyptian counterparts,” Zhou Chunxiang, project manager with
Meorient international exhibition company which organized
the exhibition, told Xinhua.
“We hope to build a platform not only
in Egypt, but also in Africa and the Middle East to help the
Chinese companies enter the market and satisfy the demand in
the regions,” she said.
She said the exhibition provides the
buyers and sellers with different kinds of services, including a
market matching zone, translation and consultation.
China Trade Fair is a series of trade
show held in nine countries including Poland, Turkey, South
Africa, Jordan, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Egypt, the UAE (Dubai) and
India; it is a part of the official platform of China-proposed
Belt and Road Initiative.
The close ties between China and Egypt
enjoy a further strength where such fairs made it possible for
Egyptian traders to interact with quality manufacturers from
China, and at the same time give more opportunities for Chinese
companies to start business in North Africa’s most populous
Chen Sheng, a project manager with
Dongguan Lontion industrial company that focuses on digital
production, said it is a good chance to market the company’s
products in Egypt.
He said his company mainly
manufactures solar air lantern which can be used for eight hours
after charged. They also make solar bags which are suitable for
“We hold great expectations to find
some trade opportunities here, because in Egypt, a country
with great sunshine but in lack of energy, these solar
products will really improve people’s life. Meanwhile, the
solar energy is a kind of clean energy,” Chen told Xinhua.
Another Chinese businessman named Qian
Guanjun showed colorful electric torch in his exhibition space,
attracting many customers.
“I didn’t expect so many visitors,”
Qian told Xinhua, “my company really wants to take this
chance to enter Egyptian market.”
Just like Qian and Chen, more Chinese
businessmen are seeking overseas market with high quality
This attitude provided Egyptian
businessmen with confidence in the Chinese traders who flew all
the way to Egypt to offer face-to-face meetings and business
discussions for true partnership.
Mohammed al-Sayyed, an importer of
home curtains, has reached a business deal with a Chinese
company in less than half an hour.
He said this was the fastest business
deal he has ever done as an importer, adding that the exhibition
helped him save money as he planned to travel to China to order
some products for his business in Egypt.
“I have done this here... the real
costs were the money I paid for the translator and the fuel
for my car,” he said with a smile.