Chinese President arrives in Chile for state visit

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Santiago—Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Chilean capital of Santiago Tuesday afternoon for a state visit to the Latin American country.
Chile is the third leg of Xi’s three-nation Latin America tour, which has already taken him to Ecuador and Peru. In Peru, Xi also attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
According to a written speech upon arrival, Xi hailed Chile as an important country in Latin America, saying that Chile, the first South American nation to have established diplomatic relationship with the People’s Republic of China, has made a string of “firsts” in developing relations with China.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 46 years ago, the two sides have deepened their political mutual trust, and nurtured a fruitful all-round cooperation and exchanges, said the Chinese leader, adding that bilateral cooperation is facing an even broader prospect for development.
“My visit this time is to strengthen traditional friendship, deepen mutually-beneficial cooperation and boost common development,” he said, adding that he expects to join the Chilean leaders during the trip to blueprint the future development of China-Chile ties.—Xinhua