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Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao met his Peruvian counterpart Alan Garcia Wednesday in Lima for talks on how to deepen comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and the Latin American nation.

The meeting took place soon after the Chinese leader's arrival in the Peruvian capital from Havana.

In a written statement issued upon his arrival here, the Chinese president said he will exchange views with Garcia and other Peruvian leaders on ways to deepen bilateral ties.

Following their talks, the two leaders will attend a signing ceremony of documents on cooperation in trade, customs, quality control and poverty reduction.

Peru is one of China's major trading partners in Latin America, with two-way trade totaling 6 billion U.S. dollars in 2007, a 53 percent increase over the previous year.

While in Lima, Hu will attend the Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will focus on the world financial crisis, support for the Doha round of trade talks, food and energy security, and regional economic integration.

The Chinese president will also meet with leaders of several APEC member economies on the sidelines of the APEC meeting.

(Xinhua News Agency November 20, 2008)

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