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Premier Wen attends event marking anniversary of diplomatic ties with Argentina

06-25-2012 13:50 BJT Special Report:Wen Attends Rio+20 Summit, Visits Latin America Nations |

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has met with Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez in Buenos Aries, where the two leaders attended an event to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties. Primer Wen is continuing his official visit to Argentina, after concluding a two-day trip in neighbouring Uruguay.

It’s the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s first official visit to the South American country.

On Sunday evening, Chinese Premier Wen met Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Wen Jiabao said relations between the two sides have witnessed great progress since 1972 when China and Argentina established diplomatic ties. 2004 was also a milestone year, when the two countries established a strategic partnership. The two sides have since seen deepening political mutual trust, and fruitful cooperation in various sectors. China has become Argentina’s second largest trade partner and third biggest investment source.

The two countries have also enjoyed good coordination on international and regional issues.

For her part, President Cristina warmly welcomed Wen Jiaobao’s visit. She said common interests between the two countries are increasing. She said Argentina is willing to work with China to face international challenges, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and make contributions to world peace and development.

Earlier in the morning, during a meeting with Argentine agricultural officials and representatives at a farm near the capital, the Chinese Premier vowed to boost agricultural cooperation with Argentina in order to enrich the two countries’ strategic partnership.

He said both China and Argentina are large agricultural countries, with each boasting different competitive advantages. He pointed out that the two countries’ agriculture industries are highly complementary, given Argentina’s rich resources, advanced technologies and China’s huge market potential.

Agricultural trade hit about 5.5 billion US dollars in 2011, comprising mostly of exports from Argentina to China, according to Chinese customs figures.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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