|President Xi Jinping Meets with Argentinian President Alberto Fernández|
On the afternoon of 15 November local time, President Xi Jinping met with Argentinian President Alberto Fernández in Bali.
President Xi noted that this year is a crucial one in the development of China-Argentina relations. The two presidents jointly declared 2022 the Year of China-Argentina Friendship and Cooperation. The two sides warmly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, and have taken bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields to a new height. China and Argentina, as major developing countries and emerging economies, need to take a strategic perspective in drawing up the blueprint for the growth of relations and work for constant progress in their comprehensive strategic partnership.
President Xi stressed that China is ready to increase governance experience sharing with Argentina. The two countries support each other in pursuing a development path that meets their national conditions, the people’s expectations and the needs of the times. They support each other in upholding sovereignty, security and development interests. The two sides need to collaborate on culture, media, education, sports, youth and at subnational levels, speed up high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, while deepening and expanding cooperation in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, space and other fields. China is ready to import more quality products from Argentina.
President Xi pointed out that China stands ready to work with Argentina to build up the China-CELAC Forum and deepen the China-LAC relationship for a new era characterized by equality, mutual benefit, innovation, openness, and benefits for the people. China will maintain close collaboration with Argentina at the G20 and other multilateral fora to uphold true multilateralism, implement the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.
President Fernández extended congratulations again and in person to President Xi on his re-election as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. This February, during his trip to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, President Fernández had a successful and fruitful meeting with President Xi. Argentina has every expectation for further deepening the Argentina-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Argentina will always extend to China friendship and fraternity. It will always support China in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity. Argentina hopes to advance cooperation with China in such areas as trade and finance, promote the Belt and Road cooperation and build an Argentina-China community with a shared future. Argentina will enhance coordination and cooperation with China under the BRICS and other multilateral frameworks, and will actively promote the development of the LAC-China relationship.
Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi and He Lifeng, among others, were present at the meeting.