Xi: Ecuador China’s ‘good part­ner’

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By WANG QINGYUN in Bei­jing wangqingyun@chi­nadaily. com.cn Xin­hua contributed to this story.

China and Ecuador “shall be good part­ners” and strengthen their co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes across var­i­ous fields, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said in a signed ar­ti­cle ahead of his state visit to Ecuador.

In the ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the Ecuado­rian news­pa­per El Tele­grafo on Wed­nes­day, Xi en­cour­aged the two coun­tries to treat each other with sin­cer­ity and trust, un­der­stand and firmly sup­port each other on is­sues con­cern­ing their core in­ter­ests and ma­jor concerns, as well as to work to­gether for com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

“China will carry out pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion with Ecuador, in­crease tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, and help Ecuador build greater ca­pac­ity of in­de­pen­dent de­vel­op­ment,” Xi said.

Also, the two coun­tries should nur­ture “ever-last­ing friend­ship”, ex­pand ex­change in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and health, and main­tain close com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion to jointly safe­guard the in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, Xi said.

Ecuador, a coun­try rich in en­ergy resources and a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion for Chi­nese in­vest­ment and fi­nanc­ing in Latin Amer­ica, is the first stop of Xi’s visit to Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent, China has be­come Ecuador’s third-largest trad­ing part­ner, while Chi­nese in­vest­ment and fi­nanc­ing in the An­dean coun­try has ex­ceeded $10 bil­lion, sup­port­ing sev­eral hun­dred projects, in­clud­ing eight hy­dropower plants and a dozen high­ways.

He Shuan­grong, a re­searcher of Latin Amer­i­can stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said China-Ecuado­rian ties are “eye-catch­ing” among China’s re­la­tions with Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries due to the two coun­tries’ close co­op­er­a­tion in in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion.

She said that China’s as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing its hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Ecuador to help it re­cover from a ma­jor earth­quake, is vi­tal to the Latin Amer­i­can coun­try’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment at a time when the global econ­omy is fac­ing down­ward pres­sure.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Com­merce, af­ter hav­ing do­nated $2 mil­lion in cash, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment pro­vided 60 mil­lion yuan (about $8.7 mil­lion) worth of emer­gency hu­man­i­tar­ian ma­te­rial aid to Ecuador, in order to help the lat­ter re­cover from the mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake 170 kilo­me­ters out­side the cap­i­tal Quito in April and killing more than 600 peo­ple.

Also, the Chi­nese-de­signed and built ECU 911, the pub­lic se­cu­rity ser­vices sys­tem of Ecuador, played a vi­tal role in the disas­ter-re­lief ef­forts.

Xi praised the sys­tem, adding that China, “Ecuador’s sin­cere friend”, will take part ac­tively in the post-disas­ter re­con­struc­tion.

The pres­i­dent also said he hopes his visit to Ecuador “will help build a new bridge of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion” con­nect­ing China and the An­dean coun­try, and he looks for­ward to hav­ing in­depth ex­changes with Ecuado­rian Pres­i­dent Rafael Cor­rea and friends from var­i­ous sec­tors of Ecuador.

Xu Yi­cong, for­mer Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Ecuador, said Xi’s visit will help fur­ther con­sol­i­date and deepen bi­lat­eral ties in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing pol­i­tics, eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes.

Both China and Ecuador at­tach great im­por­tance to the bi­lat­eral ties, which have been de­vel­op­ing fast and still have great po­ten­tial for im­prove­ment, Xu said, point­ing out that the two economies are highly com­ple­men­tary and sug­gest­ing the two coun­tries con­tinue en­hanc­ing mu­tual trust.

Jia Xi­udong, a re­searcher on China’s for­eign pol­icy at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said China can use its co­op­er­a­tion with the “im­por­tant econ­omy in Latin Amer­ica” as an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop ties with Latin Amer­ica as a whole.

China will ... help Ecuador build greater ca­pac­ity of in­de­pen­dent de­vel­op­ment.” Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, in signed let­ter in El Tele­grafo news­pa­per

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Heavy equip­ment is seen dur­ing a cer­e­mony mark­ing the start of con­struc­tion of a mine owned by Chi­nese min­ing com­pany EcuaCor­ri­ente in El Pan­gui, Ecuador in 2015.

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