[Commentary] On December 3, the third ministerial meeting of the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Community Forum (hereinafter referred to as the "China-LAC Forum") was held by video.

After the meeting, Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said in a joint interview with the media that the meeting has important practical significance.

  [Concurrent] Ma Zhaoxu, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

  This conference centered on the theme of “overcoming difficulties, creating opportunities together, and jointly promoting the building of a China-Latin America community with a shared future”, and discussed in depth the new challenges faced by the China-Latin America Forum and the development of China-Latin America relations under the background of a century of change and the intertwining of epidemics in the century. Opportunities, a broad consensus has been reached on deepening China-Latin America strategic mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation in key areas in the next three years. It is a grand meeting for China and Latin American and Caribbean countries to unite and cooperate, win-win challenges, and seek common development. It can be said to have important realities. significance.

  [Explanation] Ma Zhaoxu pointed out that in July 2014, President Xi Jinping and the leaders of Latin American and Caribbean countries jointly announced the establishment of the China-Latin America Forum, which pushed China-Latin America relations into a new era.

  [Concurrent] Ma Zhaoxu, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

  In his video speech, President Xi Jinping spoke highly of the China-Latin America Forum. He pointed out that the two sides have established the original intention of strengthening solidarity and cooperation and promoting South-South cooperation, and have made the forum a major platform for mutual benefit, and promoted China-Latin America relations into equality, mutual benefit, innovation and innovation. A new era of opening up and benefiting the people.

  [Explanation] In September this year, President Xi Jinping launched the Global Development Initiative at the United Nations, calling on the international community to strengthen cooperation in eight major areas, including poverty reduction and food security, and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Global Development Initiative is welcomed by Latin American and Caribbean countries.

  [Concurrent] Ma Zhaoxu, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

  The global development initiative is generally welcomed by countries in the region. Many countries believe that this is another important global public product provided by China after the “Belt and Road” initiative, which will help developing countries, including Latin America, realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Come new opportunities.

  [Explanation] Two outcome documents were adopted at the meeting that day: "The Declaration of the Third Ministerial Conference of the China-CELAC Forum" and the "Joint Action Plan for Cooperation in Key Fields between China and CELAC Member States (2022-2024)".

  [Concurrent] Ma Zhaoxu, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

  The two outcome documents (adopted) show that China and Latin America are committed to building a community of shared future for China and Latin America and jointly addressing global challenges. A road map for cooperation in the fields of, sustainable development, international and regional affairs.

China and Latin America will gather strength and continue actions to advance these cooperations and bring more tangible benefits to the people of both sides.

  [Commentary] Ma Zhaoxu said that solidarity and cooperation with the vast number of developing countries is the unshakable foundation of China's foreign relations.

Looking forward to the future, China is willing to work with Latin America to jointly plan a blueprint for China-Latin America relations, add momentum to China-Latin America cooperation, and make new contributions to the well-being of the Chinese and Latin American people and the cause of human progress.

  Reporter Jean Baokui reports from Beijing

Editor in charge: [Fang Jialiang]

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