Beijing: China on Thursday said Egypt should be
allowed to settle its internal strife "independently without
any foreign interference", asserting that the Arab country had
the capacity to find a solution on its own.
"China holds that Egypt's affairs should be decided
independently by the country without foreign interference,"
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a press
briefing, apparently referring to US and EU's call for orderly
transition of power in Egypt.
Ma was replying to a question on China's stand on the
prolonged mass agitation in Egypt against President Hosni
He said China supported Egypt's efforts to maintain
social stability and restore normal order as a major country
in the Arab world and in Africa.
"We believe Egypt has the wisdom and capacity to find
proper solutions and get through the current tough time," he
Ma said China values the traditional friendship and
strategic cooperative ties with Egypt, expecting bilateral
relations to continue to develop in a sound and steady manner.
He denied that the reports on agitation in Egypt were
blocked in the Chinese internet.
First Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 21:20