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China's Xi Jinping hails 'new horizons' in ties with Argentina

Published on Jul 20, 2014 7:39 AM
China's President Xi Jinping (right) receives an Argentine soccer jersey with his name on it from Argentina's Vice President Amado Boudou as Xi visits the Congress in Buenos Aires on July 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Relations between Argentina and China are poised to reach unprecedented "new horizons," Chinese President Xi Jinping told lawmakers in Buenos Aires during a summit visit on Saturday.

Mr Xi is on a Latin American charm offensive to secure bilateral trade deals - particularly coveted raw materials - from governments throughout the region.

China is Argentina's third-largest trading partner behind the South American Mercosur bloc and the European Union, and one of its main destinations for food exports.

"Our two countries find themselves at a historic crossroads," said Mr Xi, as he met Vice-President Amado Boudou and the heads of both chambers of Argentina's legislature.

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