Chinese President, Xi Jinping visits Panama

Photo: Panama presidency.
by E. Moreno

Chinese President, Xi Jinping arrived on Sunday on an official visit to Panama with the expectation of meeting with Panamanian leaders and "magno shape together the plan for sustainable development, stable and quality of Chinese-Panamanian relations, to foster cooperation win-win ", according to a brief written statement released by the presidency of the Central American country.

Xi Jinping said that seeks to "promote common development" under the belief that, "With the joint efforts of both sides, this visit will be crowned with complete success ", Highlighting the historical role of Chinese who participated in the construction of the Canal and the Panama Railroad.

Asia president said more than five decades, Chinese people sympathized with Panama "in their struggle to regain the sovereignty of the Channel", a year and a half ago, the two countries established diplomatic relations on the basis of the principle of one China.

He added that since that time, in the light of mutual respect, equality, and universal benefit, "The bilateral relationship has gained momentum with fruitful results in cooperation in various fields of trade, investment, maritime affairs, civil Aviation, finance, infrastructure and human resources ".

Agenda details

The president accompanied by a large delegation of officials was received with state honors, at Tocumen International Airport by President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela.

Dozens of children waved flags of China and Panama, while artistic presentations were developed to delight visitors, prior to departure, under tight security, to the hotel where he was staying on the outskirts of Panama City, on the west bank of the Canal.

Chinese President held a tight schedule two days, It is including the signing of several cooperation agreements, visit the Panama Canal, and will meet with businessmen in the context of an unprecedented tour.

The agenda features a private meeting of leaders, an enlarged meeting between officials from both countries, and the signing of a 19 agreements between institutions in Panama and China to further bilateral cooperation in areas such as tourism, Science and Technology, and education.

China is also expected to deliver the Panamanian government a study on the feasibility of building a train that would link Panama City and David in the Chiriqui province, border with Costa Rica, possible development of which has been questioned by some sectors.

During the visit, also hosting a business meeting where two presidents intervene, while Xi Jinping will meet with the president of the Panamanian National Assembly, and representatives of the Chinese community in Panama to finish with a tour of the new locks Neopanamax in Cocolí, Canal in the Pacific.

Xi Jinping attends an invitation from President Varela held in November 2017, during his first official meeting in Beijing.

This visit is significant for Panama, because China is the main supplier of goods Colon Free Zone, and the second largest user of the Interoceanic Canal.

For years they were joined by a trading type, but in June 2017 They decided to establish diplomatic relations, whose success as the Panamanian government, It evidenced by signature over 25 cooperation agreements of various kinds.

The two countries are also in the process of negotiating a free trade agreement that seeks to strengthen trade between the two nations, whose economies are different in size especially, but nevertheless, Panama aims to attract investment by Chinese companies.

President Varela has described as "historic" the visit of Xi Jinping and "a clear message of commitment of President Xi, his government and his people with Panama ".

The Presidency of the Republic indicated by a statement, Panama hopes that we can build trust with China and the international community regarding the potential and opportunities arising from the relationship between the two countries; in addition to strengthening the role of Panama as a key country in China's relations with Latin America.

On the other hand, within the framework of the visit of Xi Jinping, the largest exhibition of Chinese enterprises is developed in Panama.

The exhibition of China-Panama 2018, It offers a sample of the leading companies in Asian countries, of which seven are at the head of the 500 largest companies in China.

The meeting to be held 2 al 6 December is organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the International Chamber of Commerce in China (CCOIC) with the support of the Panamanian government and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama.