People's Republic of China – Egypt relations were established on May 30, 1956. Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai visited Egypt three times during his tenure, and President Hosni Mubarak has visited China several times. Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi also flew to China on an official visit. After the overthrow of President Morsi China has been one of the strongest supporters of the new military government.
Bilateral trade reached about $4 billion U.S. dollars in 2007, up from $3.19b in 2006. In 2010, it was worth US$7.0 billion. In 2011 Egypt was the 5th largest trading partner of China in Africa and in the first 8 months of 2012 it was the 4th.
From 2000 to 2012, there are approximately 39 Chinese official development finance projects identified in Egypt through various media reports. These projects range from jointly constructing an industrial park in the Northwest Suez Economic Zone beginning June 1, 2000, to the construction of a Chinese language school in Cairo in 2002 through a 4 million USD grant from the Chinese government.
^Austin Strange, Bradley C. Parks, Michael J. Tierney, Andreas Fuchs, Axel Dreher, and Vijaya Ramachandran. 2013. China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection. CGD Working Paper 323. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.http://china.aiddata.org