Xi's visit major diplomatic endeavor: Chinese deputy FM

08:05, June 15, 2011      

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Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun has described Vice President Xi Jinping's four-nation tour as a major diplomatic endeavor by China in the European Union (EU) and Latin America at the start of the second decade of the century.

Xi wrapped up his visit to Italy, Cuba, Uruguay and Chile on Monday.

The tour was positive in boosting China's friendly cooperation with the four countries, pushing an all-round and thorough development of China-EU and China-Latin American ties in the new situation, and creating a more favorable environment for China's reform and development, Zhang said Monday.

Xi reached important consensus with leaders of these countries on international and regional issues of common concern, Zhang said, adding that the signing of 61 cooperation agreements worth 4 billion U.S. dollars during his visits boosted bilateral relations and practical cooperation.


When leaders of the four nations met with the Chinese vice president, they all spoke highly of the development of relations with China and the importance of developing ties with China in their foreign strategies, saying China was a trustworthy friend and a strategic partner, Zhang said.

They all reiterated firm adherence to the one-China policy and their willingness to work with China to push bilateral and regional relations towards healthy and steady development, he said.

Promoting exchanges between parties and parliaments with China was a top priority of Xi's visit, Zhang said, adding that all party and parliamentary leaders of the four nations voiced commitment to strengthening exchanges with China and boosting all-round development of bilateral ties.

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Source: Xinhua
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