IANS | 30 Jun, 2012
China and South American trading bloc Mercosur pledged in Mendoza (Argentina) to further promote economic cooperation and lift bilateral trade to $200
billion in 2016.
The target was announced in a joint statement between China and Mercosur, or
the Common Market of the South, which was released during the 43rd Mercosur
summit that concluded here Friday, reported Xinhua.
In order to achieve the goal, the two sides will continue to make concerted
efforts to diversify their trade and raise the trade volumes between China and
Mercosur members in a balanced manner, said the statement.
China and and Mercosur agreed to facilitate two-way investments and pursue
cooperation conducive to enhancing the capabilities of their respective
They also expressed shared concern over the uncertainty and instability of the
global economic situation stemming from the crises in developed economies, and
pledged to jointly fight trade protectionism and guarantee the predictability
of multilateral trade systems.
Established in 1991, Mercosur has four full members -- Argentina, Brazil,
Paraguay and Uruguay. Paraguay was not allowed to attend the Mendoza summit
after its membership was suspended due to the impeachment of Paraguayan
President Fernando Lugo.
Chinese Ambassador to Argentina Yin Hengmin took part in the summit on behalf
of the Chinese government, marking the first time that China was invited to
attend a Mercosur summit.
Yin said China's attendance in the meeting and the release of the Sino-Mercosur
joint statement demonstrated a new development stage of ties between the two
sides and served as a milestone in China-Latin America relations.