Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Highlights of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Visit to Peru
Source: Xinhua | 2016-11-22 19:18:18
Editor: huaxia

LIMA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Peruvian capital of Lima on Friday to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting and pay his first state visit to the Latin American country.

During in-depth talks between the two heads of state on Monday, Xi and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski agreed to promote better and faster development of the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership.

The coming five years are a significant time for national development of both countries, the Chinese president said, urging the two sides to weigh top-level design and overall planning for bilateral ties, run their cooperation mechanisms well, fully implement their joint action plan for cooperation in 2016-2021, and strengthen synergy of development strategies so as to obtain real results of their consensuses.

He stressed that both countries should treat industrial capacity cooperation as a new engine for their economic ties and strive for early harvest of major projects.

Hailing the sustained growth of bilateral relations, Kuczynski said Peru is looking forward to further enhancing ties with China since both share similar historical experiences, same aspiration for national development, and huge potential for cooperation in the economic and cultural fields.

Following their talks, Xi and Kuczynski witnessed a signing ceremony of cooperation documents, including an inter-governmental joint action plan for cooperation in 2016-2021, and deals in trade and economy, mining industry, industrial parks, information connectivity, economic technology, quality inspection, environment and other fields.

Accompanied by Kuczynski and his wife, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan paid tribute to the monument of Peru's independence heroes earlier in the day.

While addressing the Peruvian Congress on his first state visit to the country on Monday, Xi called on China and Latin American countries to strengthen dialogue on global issues and boost cooperation on domestic development, in a bid to better build their community of common destiny on a new starting point in history.

Xi proposed that China and Latin America and the Caribbean hold high the banner of peaceful development and cooperation, seek synergy between their development strategies, speed up and upgrade practical cooperation and bring benefits to both peoples.

Xi urged the international community to push for a new model of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, and foster a community of common destiny for mankind.

In his address, the president also elaborated on China-Peru relations, China's stance on international order and China's economic development.

Before the speech, Xi was awarded the Grand-Cross Medal of Honor of the Peruvian Congress by Luz Salgado, president of the Congress.

Xi also met President of Peruvian Congress Luz Salgado on Monday on boosting legislative cooperation and exchanges in various fields.

Noting that the Chinese side has full confidence in a bright future for bilateral ties, the president said China stands ready to work with the Peruvian side to implement the important consensuses and results reached during the visit, lift bilateral relations to a new stage and better serve the well-being of both peoples.

Xi also said the friendly exchanges and cooperation between China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the Peruvian Congress have effectively promoted comprehensive development of bilateral ties.

Expressing admiration for China's development achievements, Salgado said the Peruvian Congress attaches great importance to nurturing Peru-China relations and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with China's NPC.

Alfonso Miranda, president of the National Society of Industries' (SNI) Fisheries Committee, said that China is Peru's top trading partner and the deepening of ties is crucial to the economic growth of this country in the years to come.

"The bilateral relations are linked to the aspirations of Peruvian producers to enter the Chinese market, considered to be one of the largest in the world, which would allow us to boost exports," he said.

Xi's visit to Peru also draws attention from worldwide media.

Reuters said in a report titled "Peru and China hail tightening ties as Xi visits after Trump win" that China surpassed the United States as Peru's top trade partner years ago, and Peru, one of the world's most open economies, is on track to become the world's second-biggest copper producer this year thanks to a new Chinese mine.

Xi's official visit extended the welcome he received at the APEC summit that Peru hosted through, where he promised to further open China's economy amid concerns of protectionism, said the report.

The Associated Press focused on China's trade relationship with Peru when reporting Xi's visit to the Latin American country, saying that Peru is one of China's partners in the country's drive "to boost world trade in the face of protectionist stirrings."

Many netizens also responded warmly toward the Chinese president's visit to Peru and his speech at the Peruvian Congress, with one Facebook user named "Fred Opara" saying that "The commitment and zeal of President Xi and China to birth a peaceful world anchored on sustainable development is legendary."

Another Facebook user named "Boy Gargar" said in the comments section of a China Xinhua News post that "Go China-Peru friendship, for more prosperity of two peoples and the rest of the world!"

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