Beijing, Apr 12 – The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit next week some Latin American countries, among them, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announced that the visit responds to invitations by his peers from Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, Venezuela, Elias Jaua, Argentina, Hector Timerman, and Brazil, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.
The trip of the Chinese minister for four Latin American countries occurs at a time when relations between the Asian giant and that region of the world expand.
These links became more important since January when it was determined to establish the China-Latin America-Caribbean Forum.
This was an agreement of the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Havana, Cuba, on January 28 and 29, that now takes form with the recent announcement of the first ministerial-level bilateral forum later this year in Beijing.
A few days ago, the Quartet of CELAC travelled to this capital to meet Wang and other Chinese leaders toward the preparations for this meeting, which will discuss issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean as trade and investment, and science and technology.
Representatives of Costa Rica, Cuba and Ecuador also highlighted other issues of concern are the funding for flagship projects such as those related to agriculture and risk management and transfer of technology.
Innovation, staff training, infrastructure finance, information and communications and trade, not only raw materials but products with added value are in the list of common interests to further boost bilateral relations.
In the last decade, bilateral trade between China and Latin America doubled and last year reached 261.2 billion dollars, a rapid growth that favors the development of both sides.
Source: Prensa Latina