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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa of Uruguay

On January 24, 2018 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa of Uruguay in Montevideo.

Wang Yi expressed that I visited Uruguay at invitation on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uruguay. I stand ready to, together with the Uruguayan side, summarize the successful experience of the two countries in the past three decades and draw the blueprint for the development of bilateral relations in the next three decades. Over the past 30 years, no matter how domestic and external situation changes, China-Uruguay relations have maintained stable and healthy development, in which the strategic guidance of leaders of the two countries has played an important role, and for which the high-level mutual trust between the two sides has laid a solid foundation. And the constantly deepened mutually beneficial cooperation has injected strong impetus to this end. China is willing to make joint efforts and forge ahead with Uruguay. Both countries should base on the existing sound foundation to promote the improvement and upgrading of economic and trade cooperation, conduct mutual learning in people-to-people and cultural exchanges, expand cooperation potential in innovation, and strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs, in a bid to continuously deepen strategic partnership between the two countries.

Wang Yi noted that China appreciates the positive willingness of Uruguay to the negotiation and signing of a free trade agreement. China holds an open attitude on this matter and stands ready to maintain communication with Uruguay and other members of the Common Market of the South. The just-concluded Second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States specially issued the Special Statement on the Belt and Road Initiative to show support, which marks that this great initiative has begun to extend to the continent of Latin America in a comprehensive manner. Uruguay took the lead in expressing the positive attitude to participating in the “Belt and Road”, and stands ready to build itself into an important pivot of the “Belt and Road” facing the South Atlantic. China expressed support for it. The joint construction of the “Belt and Road” by China and Uruguay is conducive to the realization of the strategic vision of Uruguay to transition from the “back porch” to the “front door” of Latin America and contributes to building Uruguay into a regional logistics and transportation hub. China and Uruguay could become good partners in the process of the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” and realize common development and prosperity.

Rodolfo Nin Novoa agreed with Wang Yi’s comments on bilateral relations and expressed that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uruguay and China. Over the past 30 years, the two sides have enjoyed frequent exchanges and extensive communication with mutually beneficial cooperation benefiting the two peoples. China now has become the biggest trading partner of Uruguay. The Uruguayan side stands ready to, together with China, further expand economic and trade cooperation and launch the negotiation and signing of a free trade agreement as early as possible. The Uruguayan people admire the Chinese culture, are sincerely delighted with the establishment of the first Confucius Institute in Uruguay not long ago and hope to constantly deepen bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges. In history, Latin America is the natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road. Now, opportunities should be seized to actively participate in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”. Uruguay has welcomed and supported the “Belt and Road” initiative from the very beginning, and stands ready to sign the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in this regard with China, so as to play an important role in the process of the joint construction.

After the talks, Wang Yi signed the Agreement on the Issuance of Ten-year Business Visas between China and Uruguay with Rodolfo Nin Novoa and they jointly met the press. On the same day, they also jointly attended the grand reception marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uruguay co-held by the Uruguayan government and various circles of the society.

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