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President Xi's Latin American tour yields fruitful results: FM


20:39, June 07, 2013

MERIDA, Mexico, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-nation Latin American tour has yielded fruitful results, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Friday.

Commenting on Xi's visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico from May 31 to June 6, Wang said Latin America and the Caribbean, as one of the developing regions with great vitality and potential for development, has an important position in China's foreign policies.

China and Trinidad and Tobago, the most prosperous country in the Caribbean, enjoy profound friendship. Trinidad and Tobago cast its vote in favor of restoring the lawful seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations in 1971, Wang noted.

Costa Rica is the only country in Central America that has diplomatic ties with China. Costa Rica, to take up rotating chair of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States next year, is playing an increasingly active role in regional affairs, he said.

Mexico, as an ancient civilization, regional power and emerging market, has shown strong desire to strengthen cooperation with China since its new government was formed, bringing new opportunities for the development of bilateral ties, Wang said.

During the visits, Xi held in-depth discussion with the leaders of the three countries. He also held talks with the leaders of eight Caribbean nations in Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago.

The visits improved mutual trust and set a clear direction for the development of bilateral ties and China's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, Wang said.

Though geographically far apart, China and Latin America and the Caribbean have always supported each other in their fight for national independence and endeavor for development, Wang said.

Under the new situation, the two sides are faced with the common task of developing economy and improving people's livelihood, he said.

During the visits, Xi elaborated on the concept of Chinese dream and stressed that Chinese dream will reinforce world peace and bring about development opportunities for the world, Wang said.

China is committed to developing friendly ties with Latin American and Caribbean countries, Wang said, adding that China, as a good partner, will constantly improve political mutual trust, economic cooperation and cultural exchanges with the countries.

Wang said the foreign leaders, when meeting with Xi, said they appreciate the opportunities brought about by China's development and are willing to deepen cooperation with China in various fields to seek common development, pledging continuous support to Beijing on issues concerning China's core interests.

Xi's visits also boosted practical cooperation and specified key areas for China to deepen cooperation with the three nations and the whole region, Wang said.

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