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Wang Yi Reviews the Three-year "Outcome List" of the Building of China-LAC Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership
2018/01/23

On January 22, 2018 local time, when delivering speech at the first plenary session of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that over the past three years, with Beijing Declaration of the First Ministerial Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum as the guidance, China and Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) have made joint efforts to steadily push forward the construction of the China-CELAC Forum, and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, jointly playing a "symphony" of China-LAC comprehensive cooperative partnership.

Wang Yi pointed out that over the past three years, the political consensus on China-LAC relations has become more consolidated. President Xi Jinping have traveled across the ocean to the mainland of Latin America for three times and visited 10 LAC countries. He met with the leaders of all countries in the region that have established diplomatic relations with China on bilateral and multilateral occasions, and reached broad consensus on strengthening China-LAC relations. We firmly support the core interests and major concerns of each other, work together closely on major international topics such as climate change and global governance, and jointly dedicate to building a community with a shared future for China and LAC countries. The constant deepened political mutual trust is the fundamental guarantee for the efficient operation of the mechanism of China-CELAC Forum and the steady development of the overall cooperation.

The synergy of the development of China-LAC relations has become stronger. To seek cooperation and promote development is one of the main lines of China-LAC relations. Under the new and practical "1 + 3 + 6" cooperation framework, both China and LAC countries have earnestly implemented the China-LAC Countries Cooperation Plan (2015-2019) and made early harvests in 13 key areas of cooperation including trade, finance and energy, among which China's package of financing arrangements for LAC countries has been steadily implemented. The "twin engines" of the overall and bilateral cooperation between China and LAC countries have taken shape.

The social foundation of China-LAC relations has become more extensive. The China-LAC 2016 Year of Cultural Exchange was successfully held, with more than 6.3 million person times from both sides directly participating in it and the number of audience reaching over 32 million. China has actively honored the cooperation initiatives as promised in people-to-people and cultural fields such as government scholarships for LAC countries, personnel training and party exchanges. It has also launched such projects as the "China-Latin America Scientific and Technological Partnership Project", "China-Latin America Young Scientists Exchange Program" and the China-Latin America Press Exchange Center. Therefore, the friendship between China and Latin America has taken a deeper root in people's hearts.

The mechanism construction of China-LAC relations has become more vigorous. Both sides jointly promote the construction of the China-CELAC Forum with the cooperative principle featuring equal treatment and the cooperative philosophy of friendly consultation, joint construction and shared outcomes. Over the past three years, mechanisms such as the Dialogue of Foreign Ministers of China and the "Quartet" of CELAC and the Meeting of National Coordinators have run smoothly, and 17 sub-forum activities were carried out successively, covering a wide range of fields.

Wang Yi expressed that despite numerous mountains and rivers keeping China and LAC countries apart, the traditional friendship and enthusiasm for exchanges and cooperation between people of both sides have never been weakened. On the contrary, with the rapid improvement of science and technology nowadays, the desires of both sides to enhance understanding, deepen cooperation and learn from each other have never been stronger. The China-CELAC Forum has become an important channel for both sides to deepen cooperation.

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