‘A serious mistake’ if Argentina breaks ties, China says

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning attends a news conference in Beijing, China July 26, 2023. Reuters file

After newly elected Argentine President Javier Milei criticized China and Brazil by saying he would not deal with “communists” and would instead favor stronger ties with the United States, the Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs declared on Tuesday that this would be a “serious error” in the Argentinian file. diplomacy if the South American nation severed its ties with large countries like China or Brazil.

At a regular press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said: “China is an important trading partner for Argentina, and its elected government attaches great importance to relations with China. »

On Sunday, Argentina elected right-wing libertarian Milei as its new president.

Argentina was among six countries invited to become new members of BRICS, a bloc made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Mondino also said RIA Novosti that Argentina would “stop interacting” with the governments of China and Brazil, when asked whether Argentina would encourage exports and imports with those countries.

“The two sides have strong economic complementarity and enormous potential for cooperation,” Mao said, when asked by reporters to comment on Mondino’s remarks.

“China is willing to continue to work with Argentina to promote the long-term stability and development of bilateral relations,” Mao added.

With the contribution of agencies

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