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Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Fifth China-Latin America and the Caribbean Think Tanks Forum

2019/10/29

On October 28, 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the Fifth China-Latin America and the Caribbean Think Tanks Forum upon invitation.

Zheng Zeguang conveyed State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's warm welcome to the Chinese and foreign scholars attending the forum. He said, in recent years, China and Latin America have made substantial progress in bilateral relations, continuously deepened exchanges and cooperation in politics, economy, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields and maintained good communication and coordination on major issues including global governance, regional cooperation and climate change. The joint building of China-Latin America community with a shared future has been converted from vision into actions, constantly yielding fruitful results. In the next stage, the Chinese side stands ready to work with the Latin American side to strengthen exchanges at high level and across all levels, deepen mutual understanding and political mutual trust, promote high-quality construction of the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Latin America, and expand practical cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, infrastructure, scientific and technological innovation. Latin American and Caribbean countries are welcome to attend the 2nd China International Import Expo. Both sides need to expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, constantly consolidate the foundation for social and public opinion for China-Latin America relations, strengthen coordination and communication on major international and regional issues, and jointly safeguard multilateralism with the United Nations (UN) as its core and the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) as its core.

Zheng Zeguang stressed, as an important sub-forum under the framework of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Think Tanks Forum has made important contributions to promoting cooperation between China and Latin America in various fields. The forum, with the theme of "Promoting High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation Toward a Connectivity Partnership Between China and Latin American and Caribbean Countries", is highly compatible with the general direction of the current development of China-Latin America cooperation. It is hoped that this Forum can pool wisdom, conduct in-depth research on China-Latin America relations in different dimensions, achieve more innovative results, better unite the strengths of all sectors, and promote China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership for a higher level in the new era. He wished the Forum a complete success.

 

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