Chi­na-La­tAm eco­no­mic ties reach new star­ting point

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CHI­NA -- Chi­na and La­tin Ame­ri­ca are at a new star­ting point in eco­no­mic re­la­ti­ons fol­lo­wing Chi­ne­se Pre­si­dent Xi Jin­ping’s sta­te vi­sits to the re­gi­on, ex­perts ha­ve said. Xi re­tur­ned to Be­ij­ing Fri­day af­ter wrap­ping up the tour to Ecu­a­dor, Pe­ru, Chi­le, and at­ten­ding the 24th Asia-Pa­ci­fic Eco­no­mic Coop­e­ra­ti­on (APEC) Eco­no­mic Le­a­ders’ Mee­ting. Du­ring the week-long tour, Xi met with fo­reign le­a­ders and re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from dif­fe­rent walks of li­fe, and at­ten­ded a string of bi­la­te­ral and mul­ti­la­te­ral mee­tings and events. Chi­na and La­tin Ame­ri­ca ties ha­ve re­a­ched a new ho­ri­zon, said Chi­le’s for­mer am­bas­sa­dor to Chi­na Fer­nan­do Rey­es Mat­ta when as­ked to com­ment on Xi’s tour. “Fi­ve or six ye­ars ago, we we­re me­re­ly tal­king about fun­da­men­tal sub­jects li­ke how to im­pro­ve eco­no­mic re­la­ti­ons, but now we are dis­cus­sing Chi­na-La­tAm ties in the co­ming 10-15 ye­ars”, Rey­es Mat­ta said. The for­mer am­bas­sa­dor cal­led on La­tin Ame­ri­can coun­tries to ma­ke stra­te­gic plans from the point view of a glo­bal va­lue chain in de­vel­o­ping ties with Chi­na.

At the APEC mee­ting in Li­ma, Pe­ru, Xi put for­ward a se­ries of key ini­ti­a­ti­ves, in­jec­ting im­pe­tus to coop­e­ra­ti­on in the Asia-Pa­ci­fic, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of the glo­bal eco­no­my. The Chi­ne­se pre­si­dent high­ligh­ted eco­no­mic glo­ba­li­za­ti­on as an ir­re­sis­ti­ble trend, calling for the pro­mo­ti­on of tra­de and in­vest­ment, and op­po­si­ti­on to all forms of pro­tec­ti­o­nism. Xi said Chi­na should align Chi­na-La­tAm re­la­ti­ons with in­ter­na­ti­o­nal and re­gi­o­nal de­vel­op­ment, and ma­ke Chi­na-La­tAm de­vel­op­ment stra­te­gies match on both si­des. “Chi­na will in­crea­se sha­ring of gover­nan­ce ex­pe­rien­ce and im­pro­ve plan­ning and coo­r­di­na­ti­on of ma­cro po­li­cies with La­tin Ame­ri­can and Ca­rib­bean sta­tes to bet­ter syn­er­gi­ze our de­vel­op­ment plans and stra­te­gies,” Xi said. Echo­ing Xi’s pro­po­sals, the Chi­ne­se govern­ment Thurs­day re­lea­sed its se­cond po­li­cy pa­per on La­tin Ame­ri­ca and the Ca­rib­bean, eight ye­ars af­ter its first one in 2008.

Whi­le ad­dres­sing the Pe­ru­vi­an Con­gress, Xi al­so set out Chi­ne­se po­li­cies on La­tin Ame­ri­ca. He pro­po­sed that Chi­na, La­tin Ame­ri­ca and the Ca­rib­bean seek syn­er­gy in de­vel­op­ment stra­te­gies, im­pro­ve coop­e­ra­ti­on and bring be­ne­fits to their pe­o­p­les. His pro­po­sal out­lined the path to buil­ding a Chi­na-La­tin Ame­ri­ca com­mu­ni­ty of com­mon des­ti­ny and ope­ned up broa­der pro­spects for the de­vel­op­ment of Chi­na-La­tin Ame­ri­ca ties.


Pre­si­dent Xi Jin­ping and his wi­fe Peng Liyu­an are ac­com­pa­nied by Ecu­a­do­ri­an Pre­si­dent Ra­fael Cor­rea and his wi­fe An­ne Mal­her­be at the air­port in Qui­to, Ecu­a­dor. (Pho­to: Xin­hua)

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