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China president Xi Jinping seeks to woo Latin America

Published on Jul 17, 2014 2:34 PM
China's President Xi Jinping reviews a guard of honour upon arrival at the National Congress in Brasilia on July 16, 2014. Brazil is the first leg of a Latin American charm offensive by the Chinese leader who is also visiting Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba. -- PHOTO: Reuters

BRASïLIA (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping presses a charm offensive with Latin American leaders on Thursday, highlighting Beijing's growing interest in a resource-rich region traditionally considered the backyard of the United States.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will give Xi red-carpet treatment during a state visit to Brasilia before a summit with the CELAC group of Latin American and Caribbean states.

Xi arrived in Brazil this week for a summit of the BRICS group of emerging powers - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and South American presidents.

"China is willing to combine efforts with Brazil and other countries in the region to become good friends and allies in a shared destiny, and walk in sync," Xi said in a speech to Brazil's Congress on Wednesday.

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