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Latin America and Caribbean states to form new bloc

12-03-2011 09:30 BJT

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Heads of State and Foreign Ministers from 33 Latin American and Caribbean nations have attended the opening of a 2-day summit in Venezuela, to create a new regional bloc.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez says he wants the body, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, to counterbalance the US and Canadian influence in the region.

The bloc, known by its Spanish initials CELAC, includes every country in the region. But some leaders say they see CELAC as a forum to build closer economic and political relations across the region, rather than a platform for challenging US policies.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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