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President: Chile to cooperate with China for joint development
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Chile wishes the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games a great success and will seek to boost its cooperation with China, said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria in a recent interview with Xinhua.

Bachelet, who is scheduled to start her China tour Friday and will be the first female president in Latin America to visit the country, said she was glad to pay her visit in a year which coincides with the 30th anniversary of China's opening and reform approach.

Chile and China, though far apart geographically and varying greatly in territorial size, have enjoyed close ties and shared many identical views since the two countries forged diplomatic relations 37 years ago, she said.

Both countries have pursued their development through boosting domestic economy while aspiring to engage in world economic activities, and both have emphasized that fruits of economic growth should be shared by all people, said the president.

On China's endeavors to build a harmonious society, Bachelet said Chile is working for an inclusive society, adding that both countries take the creation of more development opportunities for their people as their common goals.

Bachelet described Chile-China relations as "very good" from both political and economic perspectives, noting that bilateral ties are characterized by mutual respect and close cooperation since the two countries established diplomatic relations.

She expressed her satisfaction with the development of bilateral trade, saying remarkable results have been yielded.

Bachelet, the first female president in Chile, said the past year and more witnessed the fastest growth of bilateral trade since the Chile-China free trade agreement took effect in October 2006.

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