China’s Xi says willing to begin free trade talks with Honduras

  • China is willing to begin talks on a free trade agreement with Honduras “as soon as possible”, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on 12 Jun, during the first visit by the Central American country’s president since forming diplomatic ties in Mar 23.
  • Honduras’ President Xiomara Castro is on a six-day official visit to China. She launched diplomatic relations with Beijing after cutting ties with Taiwan. The country is also seeking support from China to mitigate its debt burden.
  • China will actively promote Honduran products to enter the Chinese market, Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.
  • Chinese customs said on 12 Jun it had approved the import of Whiteleg shrimp from Honduras.
  • China also encourages Chinese enterprises to participate in Honduras’ projects in areas including energy, infrastructure and telecommunications, CCTV cited a joint declaration as saying.
  • The Honduran side is willing to provide policy support and facilitation, CCTV reported.
  • The Chinese leader also emphasised that both sides should deepen political mutual trust, and uphold the “One-China” principle.

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