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China ready to step up cooperation with Bolivia on COVID-19 vaccines, says Xi Jinping

China is ready to step up cooperation with Bolivia on COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday in a telephone interview with his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce.

In the past 36 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Bolivia, the two countries have made steady progress in their bilateral ties, Xi said.

Under the administration of ex-Bolivian President Evo Morales, in particular, the two sides have experienced close high-level exchanges, the rapid expansion of economic and trade cooperation, and good coordination in multilateral affairs, he said. he adds.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, China has provided Bolivia with material and technical assistance through various channels to fight the new coronavirus, he continued.

China will continue to support Bolivia in the fight against the epidemic within the limits of its capabilities, Xi said.

The Chinese president stressed that his country had always treated Bolivia as a good friend and partner and attached great importance to the Sino-Bolivian strategic partnership.

China supports Bolivia’s pursuit of a development path that matches its national conditions, as well as its efforts to steadily increase the index of a “better life” for the Bolivian people, said Mr. Xi.

According to him, China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with Bolivia on policy matters, share governance experiences, deepen mutual political trust, and encourage mutual learning and support.

Xi called on the two sides to review their pragmatic cooperation to improve their plans and promote cooperation in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”.

China is pleased to see that Bolivia is making full use of platforms like the China International Import Exhibition (CIIE) to promote its typical quality products, he said.

China encourages enterprises from both sides to expand cooperation in fields such as agriculture, mining, infrastructure construction and telecommunications, and to strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges as well as cooperation at the level. local depending on the epidemic situation, Xi said.

The two sides must closely cooperate within the United Nations and other multilateral frameworks, jointly defend the rights and legitimate interests of developing countries and work on establishing a common destiny for humanity, he said. he continued.

Xi said he is confident that with joint efforts, the China-Bolivia strategic partnership will continue to achieve further progress.

For his part, Mr. Arce said Bolivia and China have forged an unwavering traditional friendship.

Bolivia cherishes its brotherly friendship with China and sincerely hopes to consolidate and maintain close bilateral relations, he said.

The Bolivian president expressed his gratitude for the valuable support that China has given to Bolivia in the fight against COVID-19, hoping that China will continue to offer its assistance.

Bolivia is ready to strengthen the synergy of its development strategy with that of China, to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields and to take their strategic partnership to a new level, he said.

Bolivia is ready to work together with China to actively build “the Belt and Road” and promote the establishment of a community of destiny for mankind, added Mr. Arce.

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