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Wang Yi Meets with Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero
2021-10-31 22:05

On October 30, 2021 local time,  State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Argentine Foreign Minister  Santiago Cafiero in Rome.

Wang Yi said, China and Argentina  are comprehensive strategic partners. Over five decades since the establishment  of the diplomatic ties, China and Argentina have respected and treated each  other equally, firmly supported each other on issues concerning respective core  interests. Bilateral relations have withstood the test of the changing  international landscape, and always maintained sound and steady development.  Both sides have advanced smooth progress in practical cooperation, and the  traditional friendship has been enhanced in the joint fight against the  pandemic. Taking the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of  diplomatic ties next year, China will leverage the mechanisms such as the  inter-governmental permanent committee and the strategic dialogue for economic  cooperation and coordination to host the Year of China-Argentina Friendship and  Cooperation, and create brighter prospects in bilateral relations.

Wang Yi said, China appreciates  Argentina's active response to the joint building of the Belt and Road  Initiative, and is willing to work with Argentina to sign the Memorandum of  Understanding on cooperation as soon as possible, and further synergize  development strategies. Both sides need to enhance cooperation in fields such as  financing, energy and mineral resources, and electric power, and expand  cooperation in new areas such as aerospace, communications, Antarctic and ocean.  China will continue to provide Argentina with vaccines and medical supplies to  help the country secure an early victory over the virus.

Wang Yi stressed that, both China  and Argentina are firm supporters of multilateralism and common champions of the  interests of developing countries. China stands ready to maintain close  communication and coordination with Argentina in multilateral mechanisms such as  the United Nations (UN) and the Group of 20. China welcomes Argentina to  actively participate in the Global Development Initiative and inject new impetus  into the accelerating realization of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable  Development.

Cafiero said, Argentina and China  enjoy a long history of friendship. Argentina thanks China for supporting its  safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, and providing assistance for  Argentina's fight against COVID-19. Argentina firmly adheres to the one-China  policy and is willing to take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the  establishment of diplomatic ties to deepen practical cooperation in fields such  as economy, trade, water conservancy and finance. Argentina attaches great  importance to the BRI cooperation and the "Global Development Initiative"  proposed by President Xi Jinping, and stands ready to strengthen synergy with  China.

The two sides also exchanged  views on deepening China-CELAC cooperation and other issues of common  concern.

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