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Visit by China's top legislator Wu Bangguo to the three Latin American nations of Brazil, Uruguay and Chile has been highly fruitful and will have significant bearings on China's relations with the whole region, said a senior Chinese official on Saturday.

Wu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), wrapped up a 13-day official good-will visit to the three Latin American countries and came back home Sunday morning.

The top legislator held talks with leaders of Brazil, Uruguay and Chile as well as Latin-American Parliament chief during his visit.

Wu delivered important speeches at the Brazilian Parliament, at an annual session of Brazil-China Chamber of Trade and Industry (CCIBC) and China-Chile economic and trade forum.

The top legislator signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of regular exchanges mechanism between the NPC and Brazil's Chamber of Deputies and formally launched the political dialogue committee between the NPC and the Chilean Parliament.

He attended the ceremonies for the signing of trade cooperation agreements between China and Brazil, Uruguay and Chile, and visited Chinese enterprises in a free trade area in Brazil.

The Latin American tour by Wu is an important diplomatic activity by Chinese leaders this year, which has made concrete achievement and will have deep and important bearings on China's relations with the Latin American region, said deputy secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee, Cao Weizhou, who accompanied Wu on the Latin American tour.

Strengthening of mutual political trust

Wu introduced China's foreign and domestic policies, highlighted China's implementation of its scientific development policy, its dedication to building a socialist harmonious society as well as an international community dominated by harmony, and its unswerving stances in focusing on economic construction and adherence to the reform and opening-up policies and its pledges for peaceful development.

The visit contributed to increasing the understanding of the three Latin American nations on China's domestic and foreign policies and harvesting more support for the stances and principles of the Chinese government on the questions of Taiwan and Tibet, Cao noted.

The leaders of the Brazil, Uruguay and Chile reiterated their adherence to the one-China policy, which they said would never change.

Wu and the leaders expressed identical or similar views on some major international and regional issues, and they believed that the development model of a country should only be determined by its people according to the country's realities.

Wu and the leaders also agreed to further enhance dialogue and cooperation in efforts to safeguard the rights and interests of developing nations.

Substantial progress in trade cooperation

During Wu's visit, China and Brazil signed a series of cooperation agreements on trading in jet planes, jointly building hydro-electricity plants and other important projects.

China and Chile signed a referendum of understanding on cooperation in the production and trade of copper. Wu and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet also announced that the free trade agreement between the two countries would be brought into effect from October 1, and that free trade investment and service trade talks would also be officially launched then.

The signing of agreements between China and Chile during Wu's visit signifies that bilateral economic and economic cooperation between China and the Chile has been promoted to a higher level, which will serve as an example for promoting China's economic and trade cooperation as well as relations with the whole Latin American region, Cao said.

Important steps for inter-parliamentary exchanges

At meetings during the visit, Wu and parliamentary leaders from Brazil, Chile and Uraguay all regarded inter-parliamentary exchanges an important part of international relations, with strengthening political mutual trust and promoting real cooperation as the key points of exchanges.

Wu hoped China's NPC and the parliaments of the three South American countries could exchange more views on how to better govern a country, and strengthen cooperation in international and regional parliamentary organizations.

During the visit, a referendum of understanding was signed between China's NPC and Brazil's House of Representatives on routine exchange of information. Wu and Chile's parliamentary leaders jointly announced the official start of a political dialogue committee between China's NPC and the Chilean Parliament.

These developments signify that inter-parliamentary relations between China's NPC and the Brazilian and Chilean parliaments have entered a new phase of substantive exchanges, Cao concluded.

(Xinhua News Agency September 11, 2006)

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