Boric spotlights ‘international cooperation, multilateralism, harmony’ in Beijing

Beijing, Oct 18 (EFE).- Chile’s President Gabriel Boric on Wednesday stressed the importance of “international cooperation, multilateralism and harmony” in his speech at the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

“Our conviction is that the only way to transform the risks and threats of the present into opportunities for the fair and sustainable development of our people is through international cooperation, multilateralism and harmony among peoples,” he said at a high-level forum on the digital economy at the event.

Boric emphasized that the project is not only about “physical infrastructure” but also about “peaceful integration, also from a perspective cultural and understanding.”

The Chilean president, who arrived in Beijing on Saturday, said his government is “committed” to its technological development, in which China has participated, and that it has promoted the digital economy as a source of growth and progress.

Boric highlighted that Chile has invested in digital infrastructure and has reduced bureaucracy to become a country prepared for the digital economy.

Likewise, he stressed the need to collaborate in areas such as energy transition, science, technology, innovation and digital development.

He also called on the international community to seek investment and collaboration opportunities with Chile, with a focus on democratizing the participation of different social groups and businesses and to “close the digital divide.”

The president also emphasized the priority of improving the quality of life of the population and collaborating within a framework of technological neutrality.

Boric also took advantage of the podium to make a call to address global challenges, such as working to solve the “challenges facing the Palestinian people,” called for an end to “the massacre of civilians” and added that “attacks and kidnappings are unacceptable.”

The Chilean president met on Tuesday in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in which they strengthened their ties and agreed to support the “independent development” of the two countries.

The two nations considered President Boric’s first state visit to China a “great success,” and he extended an invitation to the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party to visit his country in the future. EFE


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