Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up his visit in Peru, his second stop on his tour this week of Latin America. He heads next to Chile. While in Lima, President Xi met with his Peruvian counterpart, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. They agreed to work together on important global issues, such as the environment and free trade.[Special coverage]
For China, Peru is literally on the other side of the earth, but the country, whose population is one-tenth ethnically Chinese, has enjoyed a longlasting friendship with China in the past decades. And now, it has become China's biggest trading partner in Latin America.
During his first visit to Peru, President Xi highlighted the importance of the two countries' ties in a speech to the country's lawmakers.
"This year marks the 45th year anniversary since China and Peru established diplomatic ties. Over the years, the bilateral relationship has grown based on sincerity, equality and mutual benefit. We established the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2013. The two-way cooperation has deepened on all fronts ever since," President Xi said.
President Xi also pledged a new era of cooperation, signing 18 agreements across a wide spectrum of activities, including mining, energy and infrastructure. These agreements also cover new efforts in fields such as environmental protection, clean energy and information connectivity.