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Argentina seeks enhanced relations with China: president

07-10-2010 15:32 BJT

BUENOS AIRES, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Friday her country attaches great importance to its strategic partnership with China and expressed the hope that her upcoming visit to China will further push the bilateral relations to a new high.

Fernandez was speaking in the Tucuman province in northern Argentina where she attended "Independence Day" celebrations.

The five-day state visit to China, which begins on Sunday, will be the first by Fernandez since she took office in 2007.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, both Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will hold talks with Fernandez in Beijing.

Leaders of the two countries will exchange views on further enhancing the China-Argentina strategic partnership, expanding cooperation in various fields and other issues of common concern.

The two sides will also sign a number of cooperation agreements, Qin told a news briefing last week.

China and Argentina established diplomatic ties in 1972. They decided to establish a strategic partnership during President Hu's visit to Argentina in November, 2004.

Trade relations have also been expanding quickly over the past years. According to figures released by China's General Administration of Customs, the total two-way trade volume reached 14.39 billion U.S. dollars in 2008.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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