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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina, Agreeing to Deepen Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

On February 4, 2015, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping pointed out that I paid a successful state visit to Argentina last July, during which we together announced the establishment of China-Argentina comprehensive strategic partnership and reached important consensus on enhancing bilateral mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation in all fields. With the joint efforts of both sides, our consensus is becoming a reality. The new results of bilateral mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation have brought strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations. I am more confident in the prospect of China-Argentina relations.

Xi Jinping stressed that both as important emerging markets, China and Argentina should strengthen exchanges and cooperation, share development opportunities and jointly cope with challenges. The two countries should intensify all-round exchanges, give full play to the planning and coordinating role of bilateral intergovernmental standing committee, and well implement the joint action plan between the two governments; deepen practical cooperation, make the best of mechanisms such as the strategic dialogue on economic cooperation and coordination, and push for the sustained, stable and in-depth development of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation; well construct existing key projects such as railways and hydropower stations, and actively carry out cooperation in such areas as infrastructure construction, agriculture, energy, mineral and equipment manufacturing, with nuclear power as the key in the next stage; boost exchanges in custom and quality control, promote bilateral trade for healthy and stable growth, continue enhancing financial cooperation, and well implement the agreement on local currency exchange. China welcomes Argentine enterprises to actively explore the Chinese market, and will support Chinese enterprises to invest and develop business in Argentina as always. China will strengthen coordination with Argentina in international organizations and multilateral mechanisms such as the UN, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the G20, and the G77 plus China.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner expressed that China has become a vital driving force for world economy. Argentina pays high attention to deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, and hopes bilateral cooperation yield more fruitful results. Argentina is now advancing energy diversification, and the Nestor Kirchner Hydropower Station and the Jorge Saipan Nick Hydropower Station being constructed by both countries are Argentina's most important hydropower stations in history. Argentina hopes to carry out nuclear power cooperation with China thus to use China's nuclear technology. Bilateral currency exchange mechanism is very important to Argentina, and Argentina hopes to increase the exchange quota and make RMB the major currency in trade settlement between the two countries. Argentina welcomes China's auto and telecommunication enterprises to establish factories in the country and is willing to see more Chinese products in the Argentine market, and welcomes Chinese enterprises to exploit mineral resources including potassium and lithium in Argentina and also hopes China import more quality beef , fruits, vegetables and other products from the country. Argentina and China have always offered mutual support on issues regarding each other's major concerns. Argentina stands ready to boost cooperation with China in such international organizations as the UN and the World Trade Organization.

Xi Jinping noted that to strengthen cooperation between China and Latin America will enrich the connotation of South-South cooperation and exert a positive international influence. China appreciates Argentina's support for China-Latin America overall cooperation, and will work with the Latin American side including Argentina to advance China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership and better benefit both peoples by taking the first ministerial meeting of the Forum between China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a new starting point.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner agreed to Xi Jinping's viewpoints on China-Latin America relations, and expressed that Argentina will continuously contribute to Latin America-China cooperation.

Following the talks, the two heads of state together signed and issued the Joint Statement on Enhancing the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Between the People's Republic of China and the Argentine Republic. They also witnessed the signing of the cooperative documents covering politics, economy, trade, finance, nuclear power, culture, health care, judicature, aviation, telecommunication, tourism and other areas.

The two heads of state together met the press. Xi Jinping pointed out that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and I had an in-depth and fruitful talk just now, reaching multiple important consensus. This year marks the beginning of the China-Argentina comprehensive strategic partnership, and I believe that under the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral relations will certainly ride the tide and move forward constantly.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said that the establishment of Argentina-China comprehensive strategic partnership signifies the qualitative upgrading of bilateral relations. The signing of a series of cooperative documents between both sides today represents new outcome in bilateral cooperation, which will push Argentina's economic and social development, enhance its international competitiveness and further deepen bilateral comprehensive cooperation.

Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcome ceremony for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress Yan Junqi, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Zhang Qingli and others were present.

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