China Ready to Work with CELAC
Beijing, Feb 7 (Prensa
Latina) China declared today to be ready to work
with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean
States (CELAC) to establish, before the end of 2014,
the common forum approved at the recent summit of
the regional body held in Havana.
The spokesman of the Foreign
Minister, Hong Lei, said that Beijing will maintain
contact with the CELAC on the mechanisms and areas
of cooperation, and will work for the formal
establishment of the forum and hold the first joint
ministerial meeting this year.
In the first contact with the press after a
suspension during the holidays on the occasion the
New Lunar Year (Tet), Hong referred to the special
declaration adopted at the Second Summit of Havana,
on 28 and 29 January.
He said that China and CELAC are committed to the
establishment of this forum, that will be an
important platform for the development of a
comprehensive partnership China-Latin America based
on equality, mutual benefit and common development.
Hong also recalled the expressions of praise by
President Xi Jinping at the adoption of this
document in the high-level meeting of that regional
organization of Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to the spokeman, the statement adopted in
Havana shows the common aspirations of Latin America
and China in terms of cooperation.
Composed by 33 nations of that regionof the world,
except the United States and Canada, CELAC emerged
in 2011 and works with a pro tempore presidency
occupied by Chile, Cuba and holds now by Costa Rica.