SANTIAGO – The foreign ministers of Chile and China emphasized on Sunday the level of political and trade relations between the two countries and reviewed the main aspects of the bilateral agenda.
Teodoro Ribera and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed specific actions to be taken to facilitate implementation of the cooperation agreements signed in April in 14 areas and comprising the 2019-2022 Joint Action Plan.
“We agreed on a positive evaluation of our harmony in the political sphere and the significant statistics revealing the importance of (our) bilateral trade and investments,” said the Chilean foreign minister in a statement to the press made after meeting on Sunday with China’s top diplomat.
At the meeting, he added, the pair also emphasized their “mutual interest in expanding cooperative relations on future issues and for tightening contacts between our peoples,” he said.
The three-year plan seeks to strategically plan for the fostering of bilateral relations, articulating development strategies and pushing for development and cooperation.
In addition, Ribera said, the two men exchanged points of view “on matters of interest regarding regional situations and the willingness to move forward on the common effort to expand free trade and creating an international system based on clear and transparent rules.”
In addition, Ribera and Wang discussed the agenda for the United Nations Summit on climate change to be held in Santiago in December, and the Chilean official thanked China for its “resolute support ... for the success of this meeting on climate change.”
Wang traveled to Chile within the framework of the celebration – in 2020 – of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Santiago and Beijing, and on Saturday he met with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, with whom he spoke about strengthening bilateral links and multilateralism.
They also discussed strengthening free trade, which they agreed requires the end of the trade war between the United States and China, and the need to bolster the World Trade Organization, Chilean government officials said at the close of the meeting.
They added that Ribera also made clear to Wang Santiago’s concern over the regional impact of the crisis in Venezuela and asked for Beijing’s cooperation in finding a solution to it.
In 1970, Chile was the first South American country to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, which is now its largest trade partner and provides Santiago with 27.8 percent of its international commerce.