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China and Germany Hold Consultation on Latin American Affairs

2018/03/15

On March 14, 2018, the consultation on Latin American affairs between China and Germany was held in Beijing. Director-General of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Zhao Bentang and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Political Directorate 3 at the Federal Foreign Office Ambassador Marian Schuegraf of Germany co-chaired the consultation. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on Latin American situation, respective policies towards Latin America, regional integration as well as other topics.

Zhao Bentang expressed that Latin America and the Caribbean has maintained overall stability with its economy returning to the track of growth, and played an even greater role in international and regional affairs. China adheres to the principles of equality, mutual benefit, common development and non-interference in internal affairs in developing relations with Latin America, which meets the demand of Latin America and is welcomed and supported by Latin American countries. China is ready to make joint efforts with Latin American countries to promote optimization, upgrading, innovation and development of China-Latin America cooperation.

Marian Schuegraf said that Germany regards Latin America as an important cooperative partner and it has become increasingly important to Germany. The German side has signed free trade agreements with many Latin American countries and Latin America has become an important investment destination of Germany. The country hopes to further strengthen dialogue and exchanges with Latin America so as to promote bilateral practical cooperation for greater development.

Both sides held that the maintenance of communication on Latin American affairs between China and Germany is conducive to enhancing mutual understanding and facilitating the development of respective relations with Latin America.

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