"China is an integral strategic partner of Argentina"

President Alberto Fernández highlighted that China is an “integral strategic partner” of Argentina and thanked “the collaboration of the Chinese people and government” with the country to face the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are celebrating 49 years of bilateral relations. I want to thank you for your cooperation. Thanks to donations and facilities for the acquisition of strategic supplies in times of scarcity. They definitely helped us with the vaccines, “remarked the president when participating, virtually, of the ceremony for the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

In his capacity as head of the Justicialista Party, Fernández gave a presentation at the World Summit of Political Parties organized by the CCP, in which more than 500 world leaders participated in a virtual way with the aim of strengthening exchange and cooperation to face global challenges.

In the framework of the bilateral relationship, Fernández expressed his “gratitude for the cooperation to face the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to donations and the facilities for the acquisition of strategic supplies.” In addition, he appreciated that “In times of global scarcity they also helped us in a definitive way with vaccines”. Argentina has three flights from Beijing scheduled for this week, with 758,000 vaccines each of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine – they will arrive on July 9, 10 and 11.

The Argentine president pointed out that “the links that unite our countries are varied and solid and at present China is our second commercial partner and also makes important investments “in Argentina such as” infrastructure works and gas pipelines “.

In another order, The President also recalled “the historic relationship” between Perón and Mao Tse-Tung, the founder of the People’s Republic of China., who -as he analyzed- “shared visions” and also highlighted that “China is a world power and central protagonist” on the planet.

On the other hand, in his presentation, Fernández congratulated his Chinese counterpart for his “wonderful speech in which he has valued multilateralism, caring for the environment, the preservation of world peace and solidarity.” “I think they are four central points to think about a better world and that is why I wanted to begin my words by congratulating him and frankly sharing those objectives,” he said.

Xi Jinping’s message

Chinese president Xi Jinping promised to “promote cooperation” and “the development of the peoples” through multilateralism and never “hegemony or the construction of zones of influence.”, by leading the summit with political parties and leaders from around the world as part of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) centennial celebrations.

In the opening speech of the summit, the Chinese president stressed that “the world is experiencing strong changes and is trying to face the challenges of Covid-19 and recover.” “We are living moments of greater isolation, disconnection and zero-sum play. But in the face of common challenges, no country can save itself and we need to live in harmony, “he asked.

To that end, he proposed relying on “multilateralism” and “oppose the exercise of unilateralism, hegemony and force to solve international affairs, which instead must be decided by all countries “

The host didn’t mention America, but the message was clearly aimed at contradicting the global leadership of the White House.

“Each people has the right to adopt its own development path, its own political system. There is no single way to exercise democracy, but they are diverse. The right to judge whether a country is democratic or not rests on its peoples, not outside, “he said, without explicitly mentioning the sanctions policy of the United States and the European powers against his country’s leaders for questioning human rights and interference in Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy.

Fighting the coronavirus

“China will provide full support to the fight against Covid and will work to make vaccines available,” Xi said. on one of the most sensitive points of the moment, when access to doses is still very deficient in most middle and low income countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The call for more equal access to vaccines against the coronavirus was a central part of the speech of the president of South Africa and head of his party, the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa.

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit us, from the African National Congress party we call for solidarity, for international compassion. We must use our multilateral institutions to bridge the gap between rich and poor countries in access to vaccines and supplies. doctors against Covid-19. We must ensure that no person can be denied access to the vaccine because of where they live or who they are, “said the president.

Like Xi, Ramaphosa did not mention any country in his criticism, but sent a clear message against the governments that oppose the temporary release of vaccines to stop the pandemic, mainly Germany, the European Union, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, among others. .

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