Chile: China invites CELAC to join One Belt, One Road initiative

China invited Latin American and Caribbean countries to partake in its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative on Monday, during the second Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)-China ministerial meeting in Santiago, Chile on Monday. «Never before as in this decade have we had the presence of the highest Chinese authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean offering us opportunities... Еще for development and cooperation,» Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said during the talks. «Many countries in the region said during the meeting that the One Belt, One Road initiative is very good,» Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a press conference following the talks. The initiative would offer “new dynamism to the region, new models and ideas for the deepening of cooperation between China and Latin America,» Wang added. Wang called the meeting «a great success, marking a beginning and a handshake between China and Latin America and the Caribbean through the Pacific Ocean.» Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz stated that China «aims to be the most reliable partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, and we greatly appreciate that.» The ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative was proposed in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping. It promotes deepening connections between Asia, Africa and Europe, with infrastructure investment amounting to billions of dollars.

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