Peruvian president aims to strengthen ties with China

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has spoken highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Peru where he is scheduled to attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and also pay a state visit to the country.

"China is the most important country in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the biggest market for Peru’s exports," Kuczynski said in an interview with CCTV. "It has become the engine for world economic growth."

Referring to his China visit in September, which was Kuczynski’s first state visit after assuming office, the president stressed on the importance of China-Peru relations.

"That’s why I chose China as my first stop as president," he said.

Peru is one of the major destinations for China to invest in mineral and petroleum resources. The country is also home to the largest number of overseas Chinese in Latin America, as Chinese immigrants arrived in the country as early as 1847.

"President Xi and I talked about cooperation in the mining industry," he said. "There are many Chinese investments in Peru's mining sector now. We also talked about cooperation in transportation and tourism. More cooperation in these areas is expected."

"In addition, cultural exchanges and cooperation in archaeology and climate change also mean a lot to us," he said, adding that he is also interested in cooperation in scientific and technological development. 

The Peruvian president said he looks forward to meeting with President Xi again and reaching more consensuses in tackling challenges and enhancing cooperation during the APEC meeting.

"I think the meeting with President Xi for the second time is quite critical, in particular when the international economic architecture has changed and is brimming with uncertainties," Kuczynski said. "Apparently, that will be a topic high on the agenda of the APEC meeting."

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