Xi: Share de­vel­op­ment wealth

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Lima, Peru

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping an­nounced sev­eral mea­sures on Monday to share China’s de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries dur­ing his third visit to the re­gion as China’s head of state.

In a speech de­liv­ered at the Peru­vian Congress, Xi said that China will en­hance tech­nol­ogy trans­fer to Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries and boost hu­man re­sources co­op­er­a­tion with the re­gion.

In the next three years, China will raise the train­ing quota to 10,000 for peo­ple from Latin Amer­ica and in­vite Latin Amer­i­can jour­nal­ists to work and study in China. He also pro­posed a roundtable dis­cus­sion on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion with Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries next year.

Xi last Thurs­day be­gan state vis­its to three coun­tries — Ecuador, Peru and Chile. He will fly to Chile on Tues­day.

In his speech, Xi urged Chi­nese in­vestors to re­spect lo­cal tra­di­tions, abide by national laws and shoul­der their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in pro­mot­ing employment when their com­pa­nies ex­pand over­seas.

Xi said that China firmly sup­ports de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to in­crease their voices in the global gov­er­nance sys­tem.

He called on Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries to proac­tively par­tic­i­pate in free-trade ar­range­ments in the Asia and Pa­cific re­gion and op­pose all forms of pro­tec­tion­ism.

Xi ear­lier had met with the Peru­vian Congress Pres­i­dent Luz Sal­gado and re­ceived an hon­orary medal.

Peru would like to en­hance its co­op­er­a­tion with China in ar­eas such as laws, trade, in­vest­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, Sal­gado told Xi.

It is Xi’s third visit to Latin Amer­ica as pres­i­dent since he took of­fice in 2013.

Chi­nese sta­tis­tics show that the trade vol­ume be­tween China and Latin Amer­ica rose more than 20-fold dur­ing the past decade to reach $236.5 bil­lion in 2015.

China is the sec­ond- largest trad­ing part­ner and third-largest in­vest­ment source in Latin Amer­ica, while Latin Amer­ica is China’s sev­enth-largest trad­ing part­ner.

Xi’s state vis­its show that China is keen to strengthen ties with Latin Amer­ica, Venezue­lan political an­a­lyst Vladimir Adri­anza told the Xinhua News Agency.

China rep­re­sents both an “ex­cel­lent” de­vel­op­ment model for re­gional coun­tries and pro­vides at­trac­tive in­cen­tives, said Adri­anza, who teaches at the Bo­li­var­ian Mil­i­tary Univer­sity of Venezuela in Cara­cas.

“A grow­ing China-Latin Amer­ica re­la­tion­ship can help pro­mote mul­ti­lat­eral and global de­vel­op­ment,” he was quoted as say­ing.

GUADALUPE PARDO / REUTERS

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and first lady Peng Liyuan, and Peru’s Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski and wife Nancy Lange stand out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace in Lima, Peru on Monday.

IVAN AL­VARADO / REUTERS

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s pres­i­dent, share a light mo­ment be­fore bi­lat­eral agree­ments are signed at the gov­ern­ment house in San­ti­ago, Chile, on Tues­day.

CRIS BOURONCLE / AFP

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping vis­its the Peru­vian Congress in Lima, Peru, on Monday.

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