Friday, March 6, 2009

Chinese leaders' Latin American tours boost bilateral strategic co-op

BUENOS AIRES, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Some Latin American diplomats and scholars have spoken highly of Chinese leaders' recent tour of the region, saying their visits will boost the strategic cooperation between China and the Latin American countries.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Hui Liangyu paid separate official visits to Latin America countries in February, the beginning of the Chinese lunar new year.

China Town, Buenos Aires

The Chinese leaders' visits to the region are of great significance to promote China-Latin America relations, said Gustavo Gerardo, chairman of the Asia-Argentina Association.

As a major trade and investment power, China is playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, he said.

The Chinese and Latin American economies are highly complementary to each other. Primary products produced by Latin American countries for export to China help maintain China's economic stability and growth. Meanwhile, China's investment and commodities have strong appeal to Latin American countries, he added.

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