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TTC Special: Grows China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean

By F.Martin

TTC Service. – China reiterated its objective of expanding economic relations with Latin America, especially in the tourism industry.

In a speech at the United Nations last week Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China is willing to work together with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to deepen their all-around cooperation and put forward proposals for the aim.

Wang made the remarks while meeting with foreign ministers from the CELAC “Quartet.” The Quartet comprises the current, previous and next rotating chairs of the CELAC, as well as the current rotating chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Xinhua press agency reported that in the past five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping have paid three visits to Latin America and met with leaders of almost all countries having diplomatic relations with China in the area noting that the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two sides has stepped into a new stage.

The Chinese foreign minister added that Chin wants to put forward proposals for deepening the all-around cooperation between the two sides.

“First, the two sides should lead their cooperation with political consensus, promote mutual understanding and firmly support each other’s core interests and major concerns”, Wang said.

He asked for concrete actions that “must be taken to optimize their cooperation”.

“Both sides should accelerate the alignment of their development strategies, deepen their pragmatic cooperation in various fields and push forward the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the area” the Minister estimates.

Wang mentioned a strengthening cooperation in fields like education, technology, culture, tourism, media and hygiene. The two sides should perfect the mechanism within the framework of the China-CELAC Forum to safeguard their cooperation.

According to a statement from the CELAC the organization appreciates the China-proposed. “Incorporating the CELAC into the construction of the initiative will bring about tangible benefits to the two sides”, according to the foreign ministers”, the statement added.

Representing English-speaking Caribbean countries, Jamaica, the current rotating chair of CARICOM, reiterated their adherence to the one-China policy.

Countries across Latin America and the Caribbean made considerable efforts to engage with the Chinese tourism opportunity.

Recently Argentina and Brazil have banded together to promote Iguazu Falls during a roadshow in China las May. ITB China, one of the largest industry gatherings, noted “a rising interest in China on both American continents” demonstrated by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and Peru attending for the first time.

Future projects like the Pearl of the Caribbean in St. Lucia, may end up being a true barometer of Chinese tourism in the region.