SANTIAGO, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who was sworn in Tuesday for a second four-year term, vowed to strengthen relations with major Latin American and Asia Pacific countries.
Chile needs to "restore understanding and cooperation with Brazil and Argentina" and improve relations with neighboring Peru and Bolivia, Bachelet said in an outline of foreign policies.
"Chile must value the diversity that characterizes Latin America and effectively tackle the challenges presented by our relations with neighbors," said Bachelet, who was president from 2006 to 2010.
The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) should serve "as a meeting point for South American integration initiatives", and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) should serve as mechanism for political coordination, she said.
Bachelet also sought to reinforce political, economic and cultural ties with Asia Pacific countries such as China.
The Chilean president voiced the hope that the Pacific Alliance, a regional trade bloc founded in 2012 by Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico, could serve as a platform for bolstering ties with Asia Pacific nations.
She proposed to build "bridges of understanding on ideological and subregional differences."
"Any initiative that includes the Pacific nations can continue, as long as there is no ideological or other type of exclusion," she added.
Chile must thoroughly review its reach and implications regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free-trade agreement the United States is lobbying hard to push through, according to the outline.
Michelle Bachelet sworn in as Chile's president
VALPARAISO, Chile, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Michelle Bachelet was officially sworn in as president of Chile on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by leaders around the region in the central port city of Valparaiso, the seat of Chile's Congress. Full story