Chi­na, Chi­le lift ties to com­pre­hen­si­ve stra­te­gic part­ner­ship

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

SAN­TIA­GO - Chi­na and Chi­le agreed on Tues­day to lift bi­la­te­ral ties to a com­pre­hen­si­ve stra­te­gic part­ner­ship as Chi­ne­se Pre­si­dent Xi Jin­ping paid his first sta­te vi­sit to the La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­try.

In his talks with Chi­lean Pre­si­dent Mi­chel­le Ba­che­let, Xi com­pa­red Chi­na and Chi­le to true friends who could touch each other’s he­art from the other end of the world, and com­men­ded Chi­le for ta­king the lead amongst La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­tries in de­vel­o­ping ties with Chi­na. Chi­le was the first coun­try to es­ta­blish di­plo­ma­tic ties with Chi­na in South Ame­ri­ca, as well as the first La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­try to sign a bi­la­te­ral ac­cord with Chi­na on the lat­ter’s ac­ces­si­on to the World Tra­de Or­ga­ni­za­ti­on, and to re­cog­ni­ze Chi­na’s sta­tus as a mar­ket eco­no­my. It was al­so the first La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­try that sig­ned a free tra­de agree­ment (FTA) with Chi­na. Two-way tra­de amoun­ted to 31.8 bil­li­on U.S. dol­lars last year, ne­ar­ly fi­ve ti­mes as much as in 2005 when the FTA was sig­ned. Chi­na’s first RMB clea­ring bank in La­tin Ame­ri­ca was ope­ned in Chi­le in Ju­ne this year, set­ting up a plat­form to up­gra­de fi­nan­ci­al coo­p­e­ra­ti­on bet­ween Chi­na, Chi­le and the rest of La­tin Ame­ri­ca. Ci­ting a high le­vel of mu­tu­al po­li­ti­cal trust bet­ween the two coun­tries, their mu­tu­al­ly be­ne­fi­ci­al and win-win eco­no­mies, and in­cre­a­sin­gly clo­ser mul­ti­la­te­ral coo­p­e­ra­ti­on, the Chi­ne­se pre­si­dent said Chi­na-Chi­le ties ha­ve en­te­red a new era of ma­tu­ri­ty and sta­bi­li­ty. He said both coun­tries are in a key pha­se of de­vel­op­ment, and are de­di­ca­ted to see­king fur­ther de­vel­op­ment through dee­pe­ning re­forms. From this new star­ting point of bi­la­te­ral ties, Xi said, they should ac­ti­ve­ly stri­ve for­ward to en­su­re that Chi­na-Chi­le re­la­ti­ons could con­ti­nue to spe­ar­head Chi­na’s ties with La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­tries.

Chi­na is wil­ling to work with Chi­le to im­pro­ve the top­le­vel de­sign for bi­la­te­ral ties, im­pro­ve their FTA, broa­den in­vest­ment coo­p­e­ra­ti­on, streng­then sci-tech and in­no­va­ti­on coo­p­e­ra­ti­on, lay a so­lid foun­da­ti­on of pu­blic sup­port, and lift their stra­te­gic coo­r­di­na­ti­on, he said, ad­ding that the Chi­ne­se si­de sup­ports its en­ter­pri­ses in see­king a spot in Chi­le’s in­fra­struc­tu­re and clean ener­gy in­du­stries. He al­so no­t­ed that tou­rism coo­p­e­ra­ti­on bet­ween Chi­na and Chi­le is con­du­ci­ve to pe­o­p­le-to-pe­o­p­le and cul­tu­ral ex­chan­ges bet­ween the two coun­tries, and ur­ged the two si­des to en­han­ce com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and coo­r­di­na­ti­on within mul­ti­la­te­ral in­sti­tu­ti­ons. For her part, Ba­che­let wel­co­med Xi’s vi­sit to Chi­le, saying the coun­try will fur­ther ce­ment friend­ly ties with Chi­na, and ex­pand po­li­ti­cal dia­lo­gues as well as tra­de and eco­no­mic links. Chi­le, she said, is wil­ling to ta­ke the ele­va­ti­on of bi­la­te­ral ties as an op­por­tu­ni­ty to dee­pen coo­p­e­ra­ti­on with Chi­na in va­rious are­as, whi­le brea­king new grounds for coo­p­e­ra­ti­on. An up­gra­de of the FTA bet­ween Chi­le and Chi­na will gi­ve tra­de and eco­no­mic coo­p­e­ra­ti­on bet­ween the two coun­tries a strong boost, she said, ad­ding that Chi­le wel­co­mes Chi­ne­se en­ter­pri­ses to in­crea­se their in­vest­ment in the La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­try. The Chi­lean pre­si­dent sta­ted that her coun­try is wil­ling to join the Chi­na-ini­ti­a­ted Asi­an In­fra­struc­tu­re In­vest­ment Bank as soon as pos­si­ble, and to con­duct clo­ser coo­r­di­na­ti­on and coo­p­e­ra­ti­on with Chi­na on in­ter­na­ti­o­nal af­fairs.


Chi­ne­se Pre­si­dent Xi Jin­ping(3rd L F) at­tends a wel­co­ming ce­re­mo­ny held by Chi­lean Pre­si­dent Mi­chel­le Ba­che­let (2nd L F) in San­tia­go, ca­pi­tal of Chi­le.(Photo: Xin­hua)

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