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China seeks to build comprehensive, cooperative partnership with Latin American, Caribbean countries
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11:29, November 05, 2008

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China seeks to build and develop a comprehensive and cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual benefit and common development with Latin American and Caribbean countries, according to China's first Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean.

The five-part paper issued here Wednesday says that to enhance solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries is the cornerstone of China's independent foreign policy of peace.

The Chinese Government views its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean from a strategic plane as Latin American and Caribbean countries are an important part of the developing world and a major force in the international arena, says the paper.

In issuing this policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Chinese government aims to further clarify the goals of China's policy in this region, outline the guiding principles for future cooperation between the two sides in various fields and sustain the sound, steady and all-round growth of China's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to the paper, the goals of China's policy on Latin America and the Caribbean are:

-Promote mutual respect and mutual trust and expand common ground. Based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, China and Latin America and the Caribbean will treat each other as equals and respect each other. They will strengthen dialogue and communication, enhance political mutual trust, expand strategic common ground, and continue to show understanding and support on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns.

-Deepen cooperation and achieve win-win results. The two sides will leverage their respective strengths, tap the potential of cooperation, and seek to become each other's partner in economic cooperation and trade for mutual benefit and common development.

-Draw on each other's strengths to boost common progress and intensify exchanges. The two sides will carry out more cultural and people-to-people exchanges, learn from each other and jointly promote development and progress of human civilization.

The paper stresses that the one-China principle is the political basis for the establishment and development of relations between China and Latin American and Caribbean countries and regional organizations. The overwhelming majority of countries in the region are committed to the one-China policy and the position of supporting China's reunification and not having official ties or contacts with Taiwan.

The Chinese government appreciates such a stance, the paper says, and China is ready to establish and develop state-to-state relations with all Latin American and Caribbean countries based on the one-China principle.

In the political field, the paper emphasizes high-level exchanges, exchanges between legislatures, exchanges between political parties, consultation mechanisms, cooperation in international affairs, and local government exchanges between the two sides.

The paper says friendly cooperation between China and Latin America and the Caribbean serves the fundamental interest of the two peoples.

Future growth of relationship between the two sides enjoys great potential and broad prospects, and will contribute more significantly to peace and development of mankind, according to the paper.

Source: Xinhua

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