These were the topics that Boric discussed in China. The Chilean president was there within the framework of the III New Silk Roads Forum .
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Leer en español: Boric en China: Ambos países refuerzan lazos y apoyan “desarrollo independiente” de cada país
China and Chile today strengthened their ties and agreed to support the “independent development” of the two countries during a meeting between their presidents, Xi Jinping and Gabriel Boric, who is in Beijing to attend the Third New Silk Roads Forum.
In a joint statement after the meeting of the leaders, the strong support of both nations for the "independent choice of their development paths" is highlighted and Chile recognizes China's successes in its "new era" and its commitment to improving the quality of life of his people.
The document highlights that bilateral relations, in force since 1970, are characterized by “cooperation and mutual benefit”, and agrees to further strengthen strategic communication and cooperation in various bilateral mechanisms.
The topics that Boric discussed in China
The South American country reiterated its commitment to the "one China" principle, which recognizes Taiwan as an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and reaffirmed its support for peaceful reunification.
Chile also applauded the initiative of the New Silk Roads, with which the Asian giant seeks to seduce what it calls the Global South -a spectrum of which the Andean country is a part, according to Xi stated today- with multi-million dollar investment projects that, without However, they have also received criticism for the risk of debt.
The joint statement, in turn, covers a wide range of areas of cooperation, from economy, energy, education, culture, tourism, technology, agriculture and infrastructure to mining , a sector in which Boric announced this Monday an investment "of more than 250 million dollars" from the Chinese group Tsingshan, specialized in lithium and which, according to the president, will bring "hundreds of jobs" to the northern part of Chile.
Digital governance and technology cooperation, including artificial intelligence, also featured prominently on the agenda of the two leaders' meeting.
The two nations considered President Boric's first state visit to China as “a great success,” so the Chilean president extended an invitation to his counterpart to visit Chile in the future.
Boric will participate tomorrow in the high-level segment of the Third New Silk Roads Forum, China's main international economic initiative to consolidate its influence through structuring and infrastructure, which this year celebrates its decade.