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Xi's visit opens new chapter in China-LatAm ties

2013-06-09 08:38 Xinhua     Web Editor: Mo Hong'e comment

Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-country tour through Latin America and the Caribbean will boost ties between China and the region and open a new chapter in the history of their relations, a senior UN official said in Santiago.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Osvaldo Rosales, director of International Trade and Integration of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), pointed out the important position of Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico, Xi's three stops, in the region.

"These visits will serve as good examples for the development of bilateral ties between China and other countries in the region," said Rosales.

Xi's visit to Trinidad and Tobago "marks the first time a Chinese leader has visited the English-speaking Caribbean state," noted Rosales.

Besides meeting with high officials of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chinese president also held talks with leaders of Suriname, Barbados, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, the Bahamas and Jamaica.

The contacts signified closer ties with these economies, and several cooperation agreements were signed in fields such as mining, agriculture, and telecommunications, said Rosales.

President Xi Jinping's America Tour

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