China President Xi departs for South America visit
Published on Jul 13, 2014 1:01 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday departed for a visit to four South American countries, including Brazil, to build ties in a resource-rich region traditionally considered the backyard of the United States.
Xi left Beijing on Sunday morning, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with a delegation which includes State Councillor Yang Jiechi, China's leading official for foreign affairs.
On the trip, he will pay formal state visits to Brazil, oil-supplier Venezuela, long-time political ally Cuba and Argentina - a key source of soybeans for China.
The visit - Xi's second to Latin America since taking office as head of state last year - comes as China's trade with the region has surged along with the Asian giant's economic boom, and as Beijing remains on the lookout for resources to power its growth.
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