Egypt's Sisi to visit China

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (above) is to travel to China for the first time since he won a May election, in the wake of European and US tours, his office said Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (above) is to travel to China for the first time since he won a May election, in the wake of European and US tours, his office said Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to travel to China for the first time since he won a May election, in the wake of European and US tours, his office said Tuesday.

Sisi has made several overseas trips as president, aiming to rebuild Egypt's damaged international standing after he toppled his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi last year.

The former army chief, who has overseen a deadly crackdown targeting Morsi's supporters, will be in China on Dec 23-24, his office said.

It said Sisi will hold talks on the means to boost economic and tourism ties between the two countries.

Several Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Wang Yi have visited Egypt since Sisi's election.

Morsi himself visited China in 2012, and he signed agreements to procure Chinese-made police vehicles and a US$200 million (S$263 million) loan for the National Bank of Egypt.

Egypt's trade with China touched US$8.8 billion in 2011, up 40 per cent from 2008.