Xi Jinping meets with Argentine President
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday. Fernandez is here to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.Xi pointed out that this year marks the 50th anniversary of china-Arab diplomatic ties.Over the past half century, China and Afghanistan have always understood and supported each other.In the face of COVID-19, our two countries have stood together and helped each other, setting a good example of solidarity and cooperation among emerging markets.Both China and Afghanistan adhere to the philosophy of people-centered development, and deepening china-Arab cooperation is what the two peoples want.China is ready to carry forward the successful experience of bilateral relations over the past 50 years, advance exchanges and cooperation in various fields and open up another brilliant 50 years for china-Afghanistan comprehensive strategic partnership.Xi stressed that China is ready to strengthen high-level exchanges and share governance experience with Afghanistan, and support each other’s legitimate claims on safeguarding sovereignty, security and development interests.China is ready to share development opportunities with Argentina and help Argentina expand exports and upgrade its industries.He called on the two sides to jointly build the Belt and Road with high quality, give full play to their complementary strengths, implement existing major projects such as hydropower and railway, and deepen cooperation in trade, agriculture, energy and mining, infrastructure, investment and financing, and fight COVID-19.China-arab cooperation in space and ocean has made positive contributions to mankind’s exploration of the starry sea.The two sides should strive to create new highlights in cooperation such as digital economy and green development.I would like to announce with you the launch of the 2022 China-Arab Year of Friendship and Cooperation. We will actively carry out exchanges in culture, education, sports, media, youth and at the sub-national level to facilitate personnel exchanges and enhance people-to-people ties.Xi stressed that both China and Arab countries are developing countries and share broad strategic consensus and common interests.China is ready to work closely with Afghanistan within the FRAMEWORKS of the United Nations and the G20 to practice true multilateralism, improve global governance and jointly advance global development initiatives.China congratulates Argentina on taking over the rotating presidency of celAC, and stands ready to work with Argentina to advance the building of the China-CELAC Forum and build a China-CELAC community of shared future.Fernandez said she is very happy to celebrate the Spring Festival with the Chinese people and witness the wonderful opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.Albania holds profound friendly feelings towards the Chinese people and is proud of the great achievements in bilateral cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic ties 50 years ago.The day before yesterday, I visited the Historical Exhibition hall of the Communist Party of China. I paid high tribute to what the Communist Party of China has done for the Chinese people and the great achievements it has made.Argentina is a friend of China and has always been firmly committed to the One-China policy and deepening bilateral friendly relations. Argentina is ready to enhance experience sharing on governance with China.He thanked China for providing a large amount of medical supplies and vaccines at the critical moment of Afghanistan’s fight against COVID-19, and hoped to continue to strengthen cooperation with China in vaccine and pharmaceutical production.Afghanistan will continue to take an active part in belt and Road cooperation, deepen cooperation in trade, agriculture and infrastructure construction, and welcome more Chinese enterprises to invest and cooperate in Afghanistan.Argentina is ready to work closely with China within the international multilateral framework, practice multilateralism and play a bigger role in promoting CELAC’s cooperation with China.Both sides issued the law of the People’s Republic of China with the republic of Argentina on deepening bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of the joint statement, and signed “the government of the People’s Republic of China and the government of the republic of Argentina on a common silk road economic zone and the construction of the maritime silk road in the 21st century a memorandum of understanding, and a series of cooperation documents.Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and other officials attended the meeting.