Macri starts state visit to Asia
By: Aldo Leporati
The President of Argentina, touched down Dubai last Friday as part of a 9 day tour of Asia, alongside his family and several cabinet members. He began with a stopover in Dubai to met the leader of the United Arab Emirates who described him as his “strategic partner”, before moving onto China and Japan.
The bulk of the activities will take place in China, where the Presidents Macri and Xi Jinping have a long list of bilateral agreements and contracts to get through. Potential investments in the energy sector; the restoration of the San Martín train line; a food safety protocol (a Chinese equivalent of Senasa operating in Argentina to speed up processes); and a promise to open up the market to cold meats, grapes, blueberries, honey and lentils. One thing that’s earning the visit a lot of attention, meanwhile, is the proposed presentation that the Argentines will make in Beijing, to request Chinese funding to build 2 new nuclear stations, for us$12,500 million dollars. Showing that they really plan to get the job done, the Argentine government will also give updates on the current state of 2 dams in the Santa Cruz river, for which work is due to start in the next 60 days.
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