China's vice president visits Chile to promote bilateral relations

15:33, June 13, 2011      

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Chile is an important Latin American country that plays a unique role in regional affairs. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Chile will greatly enhance China’s relations with the country, Chinese Ambassador to Chile Lv Fan said in a recent interview with People's Daily.

China and Chile have strengthened win-win cooperation and enhanced political, economic and cultural ties in recent years. Lv said that he has strong confidence in the future of the all-around cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Both countries have attached great importance to bilateral relations and have made active efforts to build up mutual trust through frequent diplomatic visits. The two countries established a comprehensive cooperative partnership during Chinese President Hu Jintao‘s visit to Chile in 2004, which laid a solid foundation for the healthy development of bilateral relations.

Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile, attended the Boao Forum for Asia during her visit to China in 2008, which was the first time that the head of state of a Latin American country attended the forum. Sebastian Pinera, incumbent president of Chile, visited China last November and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong visited Chile one month later. All these visits have greatly promoted the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Lv said that the two sides have deepened their economic and trade cooperation. The China-Chile Free Trade Agreement and the China-Chile Services Trade Agreement successively took effect in 2006 and 2010, which have provided new fields and channels for both sides to expand mutually beneficial cooperation. China has been Chile’s largest export market and trade partner since 2008. The trade value between China and Chile reached 26 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, an increase of 45 percent from a year earlier. Of them, the value of export from Chile to China hit 16 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 43 percent from a year earlier.

As for cultural exchanges between the two countries, Lv said the increasing cultural exchanges between China and Chile have established a bridge of communication for better understanding. He said that Chileans attach particular attention to culture and are keen to conduct cultural exchanges with the Chinese side. Arts groups and organizations from both sides have frequently visited the other country over recent years. Chileans, particularly students, are enthusiastic to learn Chinese, and the Confucius institutes and classes as well as Chinese learning classes are very popular in Chile. The friendly exchanges between the two countries in terms such as education, science and technology and academics are booming. Growing non-government exchanges have consolidated and enriched the comprehensive and cooperative partnership between China and Chile.

Lv said that he is convinced that Xi‘s visit to Chile will further enhance the mutual political trust between China and Chile, promote economic and trade cooperation, advance cultural exchanges and friendly contacts between the people in the two countries and has far-reaching significance and influence in moving forward the comprehensive and cooperative partnership between China and Chile.

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