China-Chile all-round cooperative partnership strides forward: Chinese ambassador

16:21, June 09, 2011      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Chile is of great significance to both countries, Chinese Ambassador to Chile Lu Fan told Xinhua Wednesday.

At Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's invitation, Xi is paying an official visit to Chile as part of his four-nation trip to Italy, Cuba, Uruguay and Chile, scheduled from June 1 to 13.

Chile is an important Latin American country which plays a unique role in regional issues, Lu said. Also, he said he has strong confidence in the future of the all-round cooperative partnership between China and Chile.

Lu said that in recent years, the two countries' mutually beneficial cooperation has developed rapidly, the political relationship has been consolidated, economic and trade cooperation continue to deepen, while humanities and arts exchanges are expanding day by day.

He said the two governments have both attached great importance to developing bilateral relations and made positive efforts in strengthening mutual trust through frequent contacts:

In 2004, the two countries established an all-round cooperative partnership when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Chile. Four years later, then Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visited China and attended the Asian Forum in Boao, Hainan province as the first leader of a Latin American nation.

Last November, Chilean President Pinera visited China, and one month later, Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong visited Chile. All these contacts have significantly promoted the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The two countries have an even deeper cooperation in the economic and trade field, Lu said. China has become Chile's biggest trade partner since 2008. In 2010, trade between the two countries has seen a year-on-year jump of 48.4 percent, reaching 24.75 billion U.S. dollars, while Chile's exports to China stood at 16.457 billion dollars, up 42.6 percent since 2009.

Humanities exchanges between the two countries are also expanding, helping the two peoples understand each other, Lu said.

He said the Chileans have a strong desire to make cultural exchanges with the Chinese. Literature and art organizations of the two nations have frequently exchanged visits in recent years. The Chileans, especially the students, have an unprecedented passion for learning the Chinese language, and the Confucius Institutes, which are dedicated to introducing Chinese culture to foreigners, are becoming increasingly popular in Chile.

The rapidly increasing communication between the civilians of the two nations in recent years has greatly enriched the all-round cooperative partnership between China and Chile, Lu said.

The ambassador said the world pattern is undergoing deep and complicated changes, which provides important opportunities for the two countries to continue deepening their bilateral relations.

He said both China and Chile are at an important stage of their development, while bilateral relations are at their peak. The Chinese government will continue to pay great attention to its relationship with Chile, and will actively promote mutually beneficial cooperation so as to make it reach a new height.

Source: Xinhua
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