The Chinese government appointed Liao Li Qiang as its new ambassador to Egypt and representative to the League of Arab States (LAS), Xiao Jun Zheng, China’s Chargé d’Affaires told Daily News Egypt during his participation at the fifth conference on donor funding, banking, and novel financial instruments that was held last week.
“The new ambassador is now in Egypt. He will meet President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for his credentials soon. The meeting will be arranged according to the president’ schedule,” Zheng mentioned.
The new ambassador has a master’s degree and he was the director general of the department of foreign affairs management of the ministry of foreign affairs of China from 2014 to 2019 before he was China’s ambassador to Belgium from 2010 to 2014.
He was born in Hunan Province, China, in July of 1964.
Additionally, Zheng said his country conducts intensive conversations regarding its ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative with several international partners including Egypt to advocate equal values for all parties.
Earlier in June 2019, Zheng expected that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Egypt for the second time this year or in 2020 according to the president’s schedule.
“China and Egypt are strategic comprehensive partners who enjoy a very close and friendly working relation. The Chinese President has already visited Egypt in 2016 and I am sure that he would like to make his second visit to Egypt soon,” he noted.
Interestingly, both countries’ trade exchange reached $13.868bn in 2018. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi paid China his sixth visit in April 2019 to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.