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China, Argentina agree to boost ties

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Argentine counterpart, Hector Timerman, have agreed here to vigorously boost ties between their two countries.

China and Argentina, during recent years, have enjoyed ever-deepening political mutual trust, made outstanding achievements in mutually beneficial cooperation, gradually expanded humanistic exchanges and maintained close coordination on international affairs, Wang said when meeting Timerman on Wednesday.

He said the two countries should promote bilateral relations, deepen strategic cooperation, tap cooperation potential, realize common development and safeguard joint interests.

Timerman said developing strategic cooperation between Argentina and China was in the interests of both countries, and was the common aspiration of both peoples.

Timerman thanked China for its long-time support for Argentina.

The two sides agreed on a four-point proposal to vigorously boost bilateral ties on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between China and Argentina.

Firstly, China and Argentina should maintain high-level exchanges to lead the development of bilateral ties, setting up a permanent council and a dialogue mechanism on economic cooperation and coordination between the two governments as soon as possible.

They should continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning their core interests.

Secondly, China and Argentina should deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, turning the advantage of their high-level political mutual trust into achievements of practical cooperation, to benefit the two peoples.

They agreed to expand trade and boost cooperation on major projects in such areas as agriculture, infrastructure construction, energy, science and technology and finance.

China expects Argentina to create a more favorable investment environment for Chinese companies, while Argentina welcomes Chinese companies to invest in the country.

Thirdly, the two countries should strengthen communication and cooperation in culture, education and tourism, and at a local level, to deepen friendship and mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Finally, China and Argentina agreed to maintain close strategic coordination on regional and international affairs, beef up cooperation within the framework of international organizations such as the U.N. and G20, safeguard the interests of developing nations and push for a more just and rational world order.

The two countries also pledged to join efforts to boost cooperation between China and the Latin American region and the construction of a China-Latin America forum.

[Source: Xinhua, Bs As, 24Apr14]

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