China, CELAC to map out cooperation plan over next five years: Xi

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China, CELAC to map out cooperation plan over next five years: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R) pose for photo with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros (2nd L) and his wife before their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 7, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will pen the details of a cooperation plan for the next five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

The plan - together with the Beijing Declaration, and the Regulations on China-CELAC Forum - will be the major outcome of the first China-CELAC forum ministerial meeting, Xi said in his opening remarks.

The Beijing Declaration will summarize political consensus, set the direction for the forum and define cooperation guidelines, Xi said.

The cooperation plan will define key areas and specific measures for the overall cooperation from 2015 to 2019 between China and Latin America, covering political security, trade, investment, finance, infrastructure, energy, resources, industry, agriculture, science and people-to-people exchange, Xi said.

The regulations aim to set the rules of the forum, define three regular dialogues between China and CELAC and provide a system guarantee for the implementation of political consensus and plans.

The two-day meeting, which started at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing on Thursday morning, also gathered Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis, Ecuador President Rafael Correa Delgado, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Moros, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, ministerial representatives from CELAC member countries and members of international organizations.

The 33-member CELAC was founded in December 2011 in Venezuela. It includes all South American countries and some Caribbean states plus Mexico.