A day after President Sadat's May Day speech praising China for its recent military aid agreement, the Chinese Ambassador in Cairo Mr.
SV INT General Mohammed El Gamassy and wife greeted by Chinese Ambassador Mr. Chang Tung and wife
SV Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi and wife being greeted
SV Vice President and Mr. Mubarak greeted by Chinese ambassador and wife
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SV Chinese ambassador seated with Mr. Mubarak PAN ACROSS TO their wives
SV PAN FROM Vice President and Chinese ambassador TO General Gamassy during talks
SV Guests walking to dining room
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Background: A day after President Sadat's May Day speech praising China for its recent military aid agreement, the Chinese Ambassador in Cairo Mr. Chang Tung entertained top Egyptian Ministers.
Egyptian Vice President Hosni Mubarak, War Minister General Mohammed El Gamassy and Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi attended the reception in the Chinese embassy on Sunday (2 May).
In his May Day speech President Sadat said Chinese aid had surpassed all expectations. Last month China supplied Egypt with 30 engines for Soviet built Mig aircraft and large quantities of spare parts. Vice President Mubarak has since revealed that China will provide Egypt with the spare parts and other military equipment free.
The Chinese agreements came shortly after Egypt ended a friendship agreement with the Soviet Union. The Egyptians claimed the Soviet Union, which was Egypt's main source of arms, was withholding military supplies and trying to strangle Egypt economically. But in his May Day speech President Sadat said he hoped that one day relations with the Soviet Union would be normalised. The Soviet Union has denied the Egyptian allegations.
Sunday's reception at the Chinese embassy was further proof of the excellent relations between China and Egypt at the moment. After Vice President Mubarak signed the agreement in Peking two weeks ago the Cairo daily newspaper Al-Akhbar said Chairman Mao Tse-tung had told Mr. Mubarak that China gave weapons to those countries struggling to liberate their land or repel aggression -- but China did not trade in arms. The newspaper and made it clear that the chinese would not take any payment for the arms.