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Argentina celebrates Independence Day in Guangzhou

The Consulate General of Argentina in Guangzhou held the Argentine Independence Day reception on July 9 in Guangzhou, the capital city of south China's Guangdong province.

Huang Ningsheng, deputy director of the Standing Committee of the 14th Guangdong Provincial People's Congress, addressed the event, highlighting the strong ties between Guangdong and Argentina. "Guangdong and Guangzhou, along with their Argentine sister counterparts, Mendoza, La Rioja, and Buenos Aires, have carried out a series of fruitful events focusing on local-level exchanges and cooperation in economy and trade, people-to-people contact, agriculture, education, think tanks, and more."

Huang elaborated that Argentine red shrimp, Malbec wine, and Pampas beef have made their way to the tables of Guangdong residents via air and sea transport. "Friendly exchanges and cooperation have brought tangible benefits to the people of both regions."

At the event, María de Los Angeles Arrieta, the consul general of Argentina in Guangzhou, remarked, "We are firm believers in the idea that openness is the way to realizing human prosperity and progress. There is no better example of this than China's economic reform that has led the way towards its exponential growth and development."

María de Los Angeles Arrieta, the consul general of Argentine, addressed the Argentine Independence Day reception on July 9 in Guangzhou. (Photo provided to GDToday)

Argentina and China established diplomatic relations in 1972. Since then, the bilateral relationship has developed and grown into a comprehensive strategic partnership, which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. China has become Argentina's second-largest global trading partner.

In 2023, the trade volume between Guangdong and Argentina reached 20.3 billion RMB, accounting for 1/6 of the total volume between the two countries. In 2022, Guangdong established its second Provincial Economic and Trade Representative Office in South America in Buenos Aires, providing a platform to facilitate trade cooperation, development resonance, and the creation of more opportunities.

Reporter | Lydia Liu, Xie Chunhong (intern)

Editor | Steven Yuen, Monica Liu, James

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