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Argentine Foreign Minister Praises China for Cooperation

BEIJING - Argentina's foreign minister said Wednesday her government has worked hard to realign its relationship with China and thanked the latter for its cooperation in accepting changes in agreements it had already signed with the previous administration led by the Justicialist Party (Peronist).

Susana Malcorra spoke to the media after a meeting in Beijing with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, which she described as very fruitful, and conclusion of the work the new administration, led by President Mauricio Macri, have been doing for the last few months, since the bilateral commission.

Malcorra also praised China for including Latin America in the New Silk Road initiative, and described the state visit of Macri to China as a positive development.

Macri will meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping Wednesday afternoon.

"The New Silk Road promotes regional and global integrations at a time when there are questions over integrations," Malcorra said.

She said while it was premature to attach concrete expectations, in terms of possible projects within the framework of the Silk Road, the Argentine agenda is fully aligned with that of the initiative.

"The bilateral agenda with China has a lot to do with the Bio-oceanic corridor and the integration of MERCOSUR and UNASUR," she said.

Among the main projects managed by China and Argentina are the Nestor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic dams along with the construction of two nuclear power plants on Argentine soil.

On her last visit to China a year ago, Malcorra said the agreements related to these two nuclear plants were being reviewed, with Chinese companies agreeing to make a total investment of $15 billion in Argentina.
 

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