BEIJING, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government launched its first
ever policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean region. The full text of
the policy paper is as follows:
China's Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean
The world today is undergoing major transformation and adjustment.
Peace and development are the trend of the times. The move toward multi-polarity
is irreversible and economic globalization is gaining momentum. World peace and
development are facing new opportunities as well as various challenges. It is in
the fundamental interest of people of all countries and also their common
aspiration to share development opportunities, jointly address challenges and
promote the noble cause of peace and development of mankind.
As the largest developing country in the world, China is committed to
the path of peaceful development and the win-win strategy of opening-up. It is
ready to carry out friendly cooperation with all countries on the basis of the
Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and build a harmonious world of durable
peace and common prosperity.
Latin American and Caribbean countries are an important part of the
developing world and a major force in the international arena. Under new
circumstances, the development of relations between China and Latin American and
Caribbean countries is faced with new opportunities. In issuing this policy
paper on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Chinese Government aims to further
clarify the goals of China's policy in this region, outline the guiding
principles for future cooperation between the two sides in various fields and
sustain the sound, steady and all-round growth of China's relations with Latin
America and the Caribbean.
I. The Status and Role of Latin America and The
Latin America and the Caribbean have a long history, vast territory
and abundant resources, and the region enjoys a good foundation for economic and
social growth and huge development potential.
Countries in the region have been actively exploring development
paths suited to their national conditions. They have maintained political
stability and continued economic growth, and the life of the people is steadily
improving. Latin American and Caribbean countries cherish a strong desire for
self-development through unity and the commitment to promoting regional peace,
stability and development. The region on the whole is growing in strength and
its international influence is rising. Latin American and Caribbean countries
have taken an active part in international affairs and contributed significantly
to world peace and common development. They are playing an increasingly
important role in regional and international affairs.
II. China's Relations with Latin America and the
Though China and Latin America and the Caribbean are far from each
other, the two peoples enjoy a time-honored friendship. The two sides are at a
similar stage of development and face the common task of achieving development.
Both sides cherish the desire for greater mutual understanding and closer
During the twenty years or so after the founding of New China in
1949, China and Latin America and the Caribbean mainly conducted
people-to-people exchanges. In the 1970s and 1980s, China established diplomatic
ties with most countries in the region. Friendly cooperation between the two
sides in various fields registered momentous growth in the 1990s. Since the
beginning of the 21st century, the two sides have enjoyed more frequent
high-level exchanges, stronger political mutual trust and closer cooperation in
economy, trade, science and technology, culture and education, and mutual
support and close coordination in international affairs. New progress has been
made in relations between the two sides in an all-round way at various levels
and across a broad spectrum of areas.
Friendly cooperation between China
and Latin America and the Caribbean serves the fundamental interest of the two
peoples. Future growth of relationship between the two sides enjoys great
potential and broad prospects, and will contribute more significantly to peace
and development of mankind.