Egypt’s Outreach to China and Iran Is Troublesome for U.S. Policy Makers

JNN 01 Sept 2012 Cairo : Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, has visited China at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. He seeked investments there that will enable Egypt to “dispense of loans and aid,” And after China, Morsi traveled to Tehran to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit.

Just two months after coming to power, Morsi is pursuing a rapprochement with Tehran and articulating a newfound ambition to jettison billions in U.S. foreign assistance dollars and financing from Western financial institutions. Taken together, these steps suggest that Morsi’s Egypt may be headed for a foreign policy shift rivaling the scope of President Anwar Sadat’s expulsion of the Soviets in 1972 and subsequent reorientation to the West.

Cairo’s burgeoning rapprochement with Tehran is the most obvious of Morsi’s foreign policy pivots. An Egyptian president hadn’t visited Iran since the 1979 revolution, and the clerical regime there continues to celebrate Sadat’s assassination. While the notion of a major long-standing U.S. ally self-identifying as “non-aligned” is odious, it was perhaps more tolerable for Washington during the tenure of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Given the heightened tension over Iran’s nuclear program, the timing of the Morsi visit seems deliberately provocative.

More problematic for the U.S. is Egypt’s outreach to China. Concerned about the effect of Egypt’s new policy of intentionally downgrading — and potentially even severing — ties with its peace partner Israel, Morsi appears to be engaged in hedging. Much like post-revolution Iran, China could be a willing partner for an Islamist Egypt.

China has not fared particularly well in the so-called Arab Spring. In addition to losing billions of dollars in energy sector investments in Libya, Beijing’s ongoing support for the Bashar Assad regime’s against the US and West infested insurgency , militancy and terrorism in the Syria to uproot Bashar Al Asaad , which has become a Danger for the Zionist regime of Israel .Beijing’s vetoes of United Nations Security Council resolutions against Syria has infuriated US and West upto a level that the terrorist of anti-Assad opposition who are sponsored and are recruited by the CIA and MI6 are burning Chinese flags, while China is not politically anywhere But this stance and support of China will give it a long time role in the New emerging Middle East , for which the US is Mad about , as this will end the US and West’s Hegemony from the region , which Morsi have even sensed , as every body is aware of the weak and diminishing economies of US and the West .

Although an Islamist Egypt beset by insecurity and a failing economy might seem of little value to the Chinese, upgraded ties with the troubled nation would provide China with a foothold on the Mediterranean, and include, hypothetically, a port. Morsi’s Egypt might also be amenable to offering Chinese warships priority access to the Suez Canal, as the U.S. has traditionally been afforded. This privilege would be particularly appealing to China, which increasingly sees a need to protect its investments in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Another potential perquisite for China would be access to American technology in Egypt. According to an August 2009 U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, Egypt “had more potential Section 3 [Arms Export Control Act] violations than any country in the world.” The leaked cable expressed specific concern with a visit that year by a Chinese military official to an Egyptian F-16 aircraft base.

And these violations occurred during the Mubarak administration, which maintained – apart from difficulties with the Bush administration — strong strategic relations with Washington ,and it is due to these problems that Mubarak was set to be thrown out of power. But now  Absent the constraints of close ties to the U.S., it’s difficult for US to imagine that Morsi’s Egypt would be more protective of U.S. military technology.

The benefits for China of improved ties with Egypt are clear. But Morsi also sees advantages in diversifying Egypt’s sources of assistance. At the most basic level, China’s foreign policy is based solely on perceived national interest alone, as it is a rule of every country ,which was even with the United States, Beijing will have no Double Standards and stabbing from the Back , as US do so in the name of limitations on press freedoms, restrictions on freedom of speech, constraints on women’s rights or the ill treatment of minorities. As this all is done by West and US to give way to implant their agents , which give them always an edge , to negotiate at any time with any body , as they always have second Man ready for them to come on front and toe their Policy and safe guard their Interest . At the same time, China is flush with cash, and Egypt will again be ripe for foreign investment when and if security is reestablished.

No doubt, Morsi’s effort to recalibrate Egypt’s foreign policy orientation away from the West is not without problems. Beijing will definitely be doing investment more likely than loans or grants. And US is again hopeful if Cairo need credit, it will probably have to raise it from the oil-rich Persian Gulf states, where US has already planted stooges , which will definitely try to create Problems for Morsi as , they  will be none too pleased with Egypt’s move toward Tehran.

If Morsi gets his way, improved bilateral ties to Beijing will embolden, if not enable, Cairo to downgrade Egypt’s ties to Washington. Of course, with the Muslim Brotherhood at the helm — and with increased domestic repression and unmitigated hostility toward Israel — this trajectory was perhaps inevitable. But Egypt’s shift toward China further complicates the relationship with the U.S. and U.S. policymaking in the Middle East. Alas, based on Morsi’s new foreign policy tack, Cairo’s transformed relations with Beijing promise to be just one of a litany of U.S. concerns with Egypt.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has described Iran as its strategic partner and praised its progress on the path toward growth and development.

“Egypt recognizes Iran as its strategic partner, and believes that everyone should provide favorable conditions for regional developments with a positive outlook to the future,” Morsi said on Thursday during a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran.

The Egyptian president also stated, “The feelings of friendship and brotherhood between the people of Iran and Egypt are mutual, and we always praise Iran’s progressive and constructive stance in the direction of growth and development.”

Morsi said the relationships between Islamic countries are the basis for strategic relations, adding, “The true interests of the nations of the region lie in [the fact] that we [must] all create suitable policies using existing structures… on the basis of multilateral relations.” He added, “We believe that all countries in the region need to cooperate in a collective effort to solve the current problems.”

During the same meeting, the Iranian president stated, “We believe that free and open elections must be held everywhere, and this should be done on the basis of public participation.”

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