On October 30, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero in Rome.
Wang Yi said China and Argentina are comprehensive strategic partners. More than five decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations, China and Argentina have respected and treated each other on an equal footing, supporting each other firmly on issues concerning their respective core interests. Bilateral relations have withstood the test of the changing international landscape and have always maintained a solid and steady development. The two sides have made smooth progress in practical cooperation, and the traditional friendship has grown stronger in the joint fight against the pandemic. Taking advantage of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year, China will use mechanisms such as the Intergovernmental Standing Committee and the Strategic Dialogue for Economic Cooperation and Coordination to welcome the Year of Friendship and Peace. China-Argentina cooperation, and create better prospects in bilateral relations.
Wang Yi said China appreciates Argentina’s active response to the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to work with Argentina to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation as soon as possible. as possible and to strengthen the synergy of development strategies. The two sides should strengthen their cooperation in areas such as finance, energy and mineral resources and electric power, and expand cooperation in new areas such as aerospace, communications, Antarctica and the ocean. . China will continue to provide Argentina with vaccines and medical supplies to help the country achieve an early victory over the virus.
Wang Yi stressed that China and Argentina are strong supporters of multilateralism and common champions of the interests of developing countries. China is ready to maintain close communication and coordination with Argentina through multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations (UN) and the Group of 20. China invites Argentina to actively participate in the Initiative. global development and to inject new momentum into the accelerated achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Cafiero said Argentina and China have a long history of friendship. Argentina thanks China for supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for helping Argentina’s fight against COVID-19. Argentina firmly adheres to the one-China policy and is ready to take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations to deepen practical cooperation in areas such as economy, trade, conservation. of water and finance. Argentina attaches great importance to BRI cooperation and the “Global Development Initiative” proposed by President Xi Jinping, and stands ready to strengthen synergy with China.
The two sides also exchanged views on deepening China-CELAC cooperation and other issues of mutual concern.