The Chilean Government strengthens trade ties with China in the midst of a coronavirus crisis


SANTIAGO (Sputnik) – The Chilean Government reported that Chinese and his country’s authorities met to strengthen their trade and friendship ties, in the face of the coronavirus epidemic that crosses the Asian country.

“These are difficult times where friendship and brotherhood are seen between countries and we will give our full support so that China does not lack food,” Chilean Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said in a press conference.

Walker had a meeting with the Chinese ambassador in Santiago, Xu Bu, and subsequently held a conference to explain that, despite the coronavirus crisis “there will be no trade restrictions between the two countries.”

“Chile will continue with the normal development of exports and there will be no restrictions on trade, [el coronavirus] it does not alter in any way the commercial relations we have with China, “he said.

On the other hand, he clarified that there are 1,400 containers with Chilean products in different ports of China that have not yet been distributed, because the Chinese New Year holiday was extended by security measures, “but this is a transitory measure, and when people return to the cities, the normal sale of products will resume. ”

Finally, Walker said the Chinese ambassador told him that the coronavirus crisis “is a temporary situation that will reduce its intensity in the next 10 days.”

The press conference was headed by the Minister of Agriculture because at this time the products that Chile exports most to China are blueberries, cherries and nectarines.

China is the main trading partner of Chile, a country that buys about 22,000 million dollars of products annually, mainly fruit, wine, meat, copper and salmon.


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