A delegation from the Council visited China on 18th – 19th October 2016, in response to the visit of the delegation of the China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) to the Council in 2015 and another visit in March 2016. The Egyptian delegation included Ambassador Hisham Al-Zimaity, Dr. Hazem Attiah Allah, Ambassadors/ Ezzat Saad, Ali Al-Hefny and Ahmed Rizk.
During the visit, The Chinese side pointed out that they notice the negative image about the Chinese media and they referred this to the effects of the western media on the Chinese one and they advised the Egyptian delegation by the importance of combating/ changing this image, which has a great impact on both the Chinese investment corporates and the Chinese Citizens who are willing to visit the Egyptian monuments.
In this context, the Egyptian delegation gave a great attention to the impact of the negative advertising campaign that the western media trigger on Egypt, explaining that since the 30th of June 2016, the western media hasn`t published any positive line about Egypt and there is an emphasis on distortion on what`s been going on in Egypt. This negative image is reflected on the business community that holds a cautious attitude towards the investment in Egypt and on the touristic companies which always marked Egypt as an unsafe place to visit.
The Egyptian side continued that Qatar hosts 2 branches of the associations of Brookings and Carnegie, which contribute to the promotion of the hostile ideas about Egypt through their different activities that they organize in Doha.