BEIJING – Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said on Wednesday that Bolivia and China would sign significant trade agreements, especially for the export of agricultural products, during President Evo Morales’ visit to Beijing.
Huanacuni spoke to EFE on the third and final day of a visit to China, ahead of Morales’ scheduled trip on June 19-20.
“With the visit, we will be starting a new phase of a very important relationship for us,” Huanacuni said.
Next month during Morales’ visit, China and Bolivia are expected to the agreement to export Bolivian quinoa, coffee, chestnuts, meat and soy to the Chinese market, although some details on the export of the last two products have yet to be finalized.
“We have asked to speed up the approval and we have fulfilled almost all the requirements,” the foreign minister said.
Morales’ visit could also serve to elevate their bilateral relationship to a “strategic partnership,” a term that China uses with its main political and economic partners, and which involves deeper cooperation across all sectors.
In a meeting between the Bolivian foreign minister and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, held on Tuesday in Beijing, both sides discussed bilateral issues as well as the political landscape in Latin America, the minister told EFE.