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Wang Yi: China-Latin America Cooperation Is a Voluntary Choice of Both Sides

On September 26, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the seventh Dialogue of Foreign Ministers of China and the Quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Wang Yi said, China and Latin American countries, as developing nations, have a broad range of shared interests in upholding international fairness and justice as well as advocating multilateralism. Therefore we should strengthen coordination and cooperation, promote dialogue and exchanges, and strive to become a driving force for world peace and development.

The Chinese side always stands ready to work with Latin American and Caribbean countries to overcome difficulties and achieve common development. On the basis of equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results, the Chinese side is willing to work with the Latin American side, accommodate each other's core and major interests, respect each other's own choice of political system and development path without interfering in each other's internal affairs. The Chinese side is willing to uphold the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits and give full play to the respective strengths of both sides, to promote sustainable growth and achieve common prosperity.

Wang Yi expressed, China-Latin America cooperation is a voluntary choice of both sides as it is in conformity with their fundamental interests and needs. China has never had any geopolitical considerations in Latin America and will remain this way in the future. The Chinese side respects the unique history of the region and is happy to see Latin American countries develop relations with any other country and is willing to carry out trilateral and multi-party cooperation on the basis of respecting the will of the countries in the region, and enlarge the area of interests to achieve win-win and multi-win results.

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