MADRID, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Argentina has deep historical ties with Spain and has also traded with China for about 50 years. Since the 1990s, these ties have improved by leaps and bounds, said Argentina's Ambassador to Spain Federico Ramon Puerta.
In an interview with Xinhua, Puerta said China is a very qualified player. The ambassador stressed the importance of cooperation with China.
Puerta said that Argentina is experiencing a very interesting time of opening and reinsertion in the world, and believed that the country is on the right track, "seeking to have more friends and fewer conflicts."
Noting the role of Spain in the relationship between China and Latin America, he said that "it is impossible to analyze Latin America without analyzing Spain. In fact, more than Latin America, we have to talk about Iberoamerica."
"Iberoamerica is a cultural reality of 500 years, but it is an economic reality too," he explained.
Puerta believed China has been a central actor, adding that there should be a three-fold analysis of Argentina, Spain and China.
Puerta also stressed that the economy needs to grow to solve social issues.
"The Chinese model has one path; the Argentine model will have another. But we are always talking about economic growth, something essential fundamental for any country," he said.