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Chancellor Ampuero met with high Chinese authorities and approached the international trade scene

Friday, September 14, 2018

On the second day of his visit to China, Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero held important meetings with senior government officials. The Minister was received by the Vice President of China, Wang Qishan, and with Chancellor Wang Yi, a sign of the excellent level of relations between the two countries.

Chile and China have reached a high affinity and diversification in their relations, which go beyond the commercial. Both agree "on many elements that have to do with deep convictions, as well as having a history that unites us. The year 2020 will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. This unites us, commits us and obliges us to project ourselves with great ambition towards the future, through very concrete actions", stressed the Chancellor.

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Within this, work will begin on the Chile-China 2019-2021 action plan; in addition, to generate ties between Chile's International Cooperation Agency (Agci) and the recently created Chinese Cooperation Agenda; and on the agenda celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations.

Chancellor Ampuero also pointed out that for Chile "it is very pleasant to know that we fully share with China its appreciation, valuation and practice of free trade and respect for open markets". He added that this "is a matter not only of deep conviction, not only of theory, not only of good feelings. It is also something that is reflected in the fact that much of our development in recent decades in Chile has been thanks to free markets, to open markets, to free trade".

Early in the morning, the Minister met with CEOs of major companies investing in Chile: Shi Yanbiao, president of State Power Investment Overseas Corporation; Wang Bo, CHEC Vice President; Chris Martin, MOBIKE Expansion Vice President; Sun Yu, Chief Overseas Business Officer Bank of China; and Chen Jianhua, Executive Director of Overseas Investment Joyvio Group. They had a dialogue regarding their experience as investors in Chile. They valued Chile's stability and political and economic institutional soundness and exchanged views on opportunities to increase the flow of Chinese investments in our country.

Tomorrow, Chancellor Ampuero will travel to Japan to continue with this tour that brought him to Asia for the first time.