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Wang Yi: China-Latin America Relations Face New Development Opportunities

On January 8, 2015, when attending the first ministerial meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that the establishment of the China-CELAC Forum provides new opportunities to push the China-Latin America relations to develop at a higher level. Both sides should take this meeting as an opportunity to create a new pattern of the China-Latin America relations.

Both sides should deepen political mutual trust and become good and like-minded partners. Both sides should strengthen high-level mutual visits and exchanges at all levels and actively carry out exchanges of experience in governance and administration of state affairs. Both sides should firmly support each other to follow the development path suitable for their national conditions and remain mutual understanding and support on the issues related to major and core interests such as national sovereignty, territorial integrity, stability and development, as well as unity and self-development.

Both sides should expand mutually beneficial cooperation and become good partners seeking common development. Both sides should steadily implement the "1+3+6" new framework on China-Latin America practical cooperation and make joint efforts to well implement the China-CELAC Cooperation Plan (2015-2019). Both sides should take cooperation in determined key areas as a lead, give full play to complementary advantages, tap potential for cooperation, achieve coordination in each side’s development strategies and constantly consolidate the pattern of mutually beneficial cooperation featuring openness, pluralism and deep integration.

Both sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and become good partners enjoying mutual learning. Within the framework of the China-CELAC Forum, both sides should actively promote exchanges and cooperation projects between legislative bodies, political parties and local governments as well as in culture and education, youth, media, tourism and other areas, well organize the China-Latin America Cultural Exchange Year in 2016, enhance the friendship between the two peoples and consolidate public opinion foundation for the development of the China-Latin America relations.

Both sides should enhance international coordination and be good partners who offer mutual support and assistance. Within the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Group of Twenty (G20), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other international organizations and multilateral institutional frameworks, both sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation on global governance, sustainable development, addressing climate change and other major international and regional issues so as to safeguard the common interests of China and Latin America and other developing countries.

Both sides should build a cooperative network and become good partners who progress together. Both sides should continue to be open, inclusive, flexible and practical, take into account the interests and concerns of all parties, organically combine overall cooperation with bilateral cooperation, organically combine the China-CELAC Forum and other dialogue and cooperation mechanisms between China and other Latin American and Caribbean organizations and form three-dimensional, comprehensive and balanced cooperation framework with rich levels so as to provide multiple impetus for the development of the China-Latin America relations.

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