SANTIAGO, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Monday said the Belt and Road Initiative provides a fresh opportunity for the development of Latin-America, and Chile is willing to play a positive role to promote joint efforts in building the Belt and Road.
Bachelet made the remarks during her meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ahead of the second ministerial meeting under the framework of China-CELAC (the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Forum.
Over the past years, Chile and China established the comprehensive strategic partnership, signed a deal on upgrading bilateral free trade agreement, and achieved new fruits in mutual beneficial cooperation in various fields, Bachelet said.
Comprehensively deepening the Chilean-Chinese cooperation has become the consensus of all Chilean parties, the President said, expressing the hope that the second ministerial meeting will achieve a complete success.
Wang appreciated Bachelet's leading role in pushing forward people-to-people exchanges and smooth and sustainable development of China-Chile relations.
He said more achievements are expected under the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Chile, and more Latin-American countries are welcome to the joint efforts in building the Belt and Road.
China hopes to fully deepen and upgrade China-Latin America cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, Wang said.