Xi Jinping meets Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez
On February 6 at noon at the Great Hall of the People, President Xi Jinping met with Argentinian President Alberto Fernández, who came to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
President Xi pointed out that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Argentina. Over the past five decades, the two countries have always given each other mutual understanding and support. In the face of COVID-19, the two countries have united in mutual support and assistance, setting a good example of solidarity and cooperation among emerging countries. Noting that China and Argentina are committed to a people-centered philosophy of development and the peoples of the two countries wish to see deep bilateral cooperation, President Xi expressed China’s willingness to work with Argentina to draw on the successful experience of bilateral relations in the past 50 years to advance exchanges and cooperation in all fields and usher in another 50 years of brilliant achievements in China-Argentina comprehensive strategic partnership.
President Xi stressed that China stands ready to work with Argentina to strengthen high-level interaction and exchange of experiences on national governance and support each other’s legitimate proposals for the defense of national sovereignty. , security and development interests. China is also ready to share development opportunities with Argentina and assist in its efforts to expand exports and modernize industries. President Xi stressed the need for the two sides to pursue high-quality cooperation on the Belt and Road, make full use of each other’s complementary strengths, ensure smooth implementation of existing major projects on the hydropower and railway, and to deepen cooperation in areas such as trade. , agriculture, energy, mining, infrastructure, investment, financing and COVID-19 response. While affirming the contributions that the two countries’ cooperation in aerospace and marine affairs has made to mankind’s exploration of outer space and the vast seas, President Xi called on both sides to redouble their efforts. efforts to foster new areas of cooperation in the digital economy and green development. President Xi noted that he is pleased to announce with President Fernández the launch of the 2022 Year of China-Argentina Friendship and Cooperation to promote active exchanges in the fields of culture, education, sports, media, youth as well as local exchanges to facilitate the movement of people. staff and improve interpersonal connectivity.
President Xi stressed that as two developing countries, China and Argentina have broad strategic consensus and common interests. China stands ready to coordinate closely with Argentina in frameworks such as the UN and the G20 to practice genuine multilateralism, improve global governance and advance the Global Development Initiative. He congratulated Argentina on its assumption of the rotating presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and expressed China’s willingness to work with Argentina to promote the development of the China- CELAC and building a China-LAC community with a shared future.
President Fernández said he was happy to have joined the Chinese people in celebrating the Spring Festival and attending the spectacular opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Attaching deep friendship to the Chinese people, Argentina is proud of the great achievements the two sides have made in bilateral cooperation over the past 50 years of diplomatic relations. Recalling his visit to the Chinese Communist Party Museum on February 4, President Fernández expressed his great respect for all the hard work the CPC has done for the Chinese people and the great achievements it has achieved. He stressed that as a friend of China, Argentina always firmly upholds the one-China policy, is committed to deepening friendship with China and wishes to increase the exchange of experiences with China. China on national governance. He thanked China for providing large quantities of medical supplies and vaccines to Argentina at the most critical time in its fight against COVID-19, and expressed hope for further strengthening cooperation with China. in the production of vaccines and drugs. He noted that Argentina will continue to actively participate in the Belt and Road cooperation and deepen cooperation with China in areas such as trade, agriculture and infrastructure. He welcomed more Chinese enterprises to Argentina for investment and cooperation, and noted Argentina’s willingness to practice multilateralism in close coordination with China in multilateral frameworks, and play a role more important in promoting CELAC’s cooperation with China.
The two sides issued a joint statement on deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Argentine Republic, and signed a series of cooperation documents, including the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Argentine Republic on cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng were present at the meeting.