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Chinese president's Latin American tour draws international attention


17:45, June 07, 2013

BEIJING, June 7 (Xinhua) -- As Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico on Thursday, his Latin American tour has drawn global attention.

Teofilo Torres Corzo, head of the Mexican Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee for the Asia-Pacific, said Xi conveyed a message of friendship and solidarity to the Mexican people, adding that the proposals Xi made in his speech to the Mexican Senate were apropos and pertinent.

Ana Lilia Herrera, a senator for Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, described Xi's visit as a historic moment, saying the trip will usher in a new era of bilateral relations between Mexico and China.

The senator said she agreed with Xi's proposals on improving bilateral relations, such as boosting the development of the tourism industry and supporting youth exchanges.

Boris Martynov, deputy director of the Latin America Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said Xi's visit to Latin America is of historic significance.

Martynov said he expected new breakthroughs in the development of bilateral ties between China and Latin America after the visit.

Xi is completely correct in saying that Latin America is embracing another golden period of development in his speech, Martynov said.

Xi made it clear in his speech that China is willing to see a more prosperous Latin America, Martynov said.

He said that Latin America is also willing to see a more prosperous China as the Chinese market is important for the region.

Mohamed El Saket, former ambassador of the Arab League to China, said that because China and Mexico agreed to lift their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, bilateral cooperation and communications will be further strengthened. That will have a demonstrative effect on other developing countries as well, he said.

Saket added that strengthened cooperation between China and Mexico will inject new impetus to the cooperation between China and Latin American countries and will greatly boost the development of China-Latin America relations.

Cuba's news agency Prensa Latina commented that Xi's visit shows that China is carrying out multi-dimensional diplomacy so as to inject new vitality to international relations.

The Spanish news agency EFE said in a report that Xi's Latin American tour highlighted a new model of Chinese diplomacy that is based upon strategic considerations.

Xi's visit also received extensive coverage by the mainstream Mexican media, which said Xi's visit yielded considerable results and laid a solid foundation for future development of China-Mexico relations.

The Associated Press said in a report that Xi visited the Caribbean and Latin America as the leader of a more confident China following a decade of explosive economic and trade growth, and the president presented Beijing as an important partner for developing countries.

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