CAIRO, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's state TV signed on Thursday a protocol with China Radio International (CRI) on airing a popular Chinese soap opera for the first time in the channel's history.
"Jin Tailang's Happy Life," a show topping China's rating chart in 2012, will be aired on Egypt's state TV in Arabic starting from Saturday.
Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo, who attended the signing ceremony, praised "the new kind of cultural cooperation" between the two countries.
"Now Egyptian friends who don't know much about China have a good chance to know our Chinese society, people and the progress made in China through the Chinese drama," he said in ceremony at the Chinese embassy in Cairo.
Song added that there are huge potentials for cooperation between the two countries in other cultural fields.
For her part, Egyptian Information Minister Dorriya Sharaf Eddin stressed the importance of culture in bringing different countries closer.
Highlighting the deep historical relations between the two ancient civilizations, she expressed her hopes for better cultural cooperation between Egypt and China.
"We are looking forward to bringing more drama works, songs and folkloric performances from China," said the Egyptian minister, who hoped Egyptian productions could also find their way to Chinese media outlets.
Guan Rui, general manager of CRI Middle East headquarters, noted that more Chinese productions will be aired on Arab TV channels soon.
Guan said "Jin Tailang's Happy Life" is the first Chinese show being dubbed outside China (Egypt) and the process took nearly three months. He described the show as one of the best Chinese works and expected it to be a success in Egypt.
The award-winning show consists of 40 episodes, 45 minutes each. It revolves around the family life of entertainment reporter Xiao Mi and her husband Jin Liang, a gynecologist growing up in the countryside, in Beijing.