China and Argentina are committed to closer strategic partnership

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ABC MUNDIAL in China: The presidents Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Xi Jinping today signed cooperation agreements and signed a joint declaration Strengthening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks in Beijing with his counterpart of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and both decided to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Xi recalled his visit to Argentina in July last year and said the important consensus reached at that time between the two presidents is underway and that progress has injected a strong impetus to the relationship.

During the July visit, Xi and Fernandez announced a strategic partnership between the two countries.

"I trust more in the perspective of relations between China and Argentina," said Xi during talks today.

China and Argentina, both important emerging markets should enhance exchanges and cooperation, share development opportunities and work together to address their common challenges.

Hu said the two countries should make full use of the intergovernmental standing committee, make the Strategic Dialogue for Cooperation and Economic Coordination and carry out the overall plan approved by the two governments action.

A joint statement on deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership, issued after the talks, said that the first meeting of the intergovernmental steering committee was held this morning and was chaired by the foreign ministers of both countries.

Xi said the two sides should ensure the success of existing rail and hydro projects in Argentina, boost cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, energy, mining, equipment manufacturing and other sectors, and pay particular attention to nuclear energy in the next step .

The Chinese president also expressed a desire for closer cooperation in customs, product quality, financial and currency swap and stable growth of trade between the two countries.

Xi said the Chinese market is open for Argentine companies and, as always, China will encourage Chinese firms to invest in Argentina.

China will also strengthen coordination with Argentina in international organizations and other multilateral mechanisms, including the United Nations (UN), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Group of 20 (G20) and G77 (G77) plus China.

During the talks, Fernandez said that Argentina attaches great importance to deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership with China and hoped that bilateral cooperation has fruitful results.

China has become a major engine of the world economy, said the president of Argentina.

Argentina hopes to enhance cooperation with China in nuclear energy when the two countries are working together to build two hydroelectric dams, "Nestor Kirchner" and "Jorge Cepernic" in order to achieve energy diversification, said the President.

Fernandez told Xi that Argentina wants to increase the amount of currency swap with China, welcomes car companies and Chinese telecommunications to build factories in the country, and expects the participation of more Chinese companies in the exploitation of potassium and lithium resources in Argentina.

The President expects more Chinese products in the Argentine market, and greater export of Argentine products to the Chinese market.

Argentina and China always support each other on matters related to their main interests, Fernandez said. Argentina is willing to cooperate with China in the UN, the World Trade Organization and other international organizations, he said.

The two presidents also discussed cooperation between China and Latin America in general and promised greater efforts to boost cooperation.

After talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi and Fernandez signed the joint statement on deepening partnership and witnessed the signing of a series of agreements.

traslation: Belén Zapata