China on Tuesday said it stands ready to work with Argentina, shortly after right-wing libertarian Javier Milei — who has been critical of Beijing

China says it stands ready to work with Argentina despite Milei criticism

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2023-11-22 01:30:02

China on Tuesday said it stands ready to work with Argentina, shortly after right-wing libertarian Javier Milei — who has been critical of Beijing — secured victory in the South American nation's presidential runoff.

Milei, who on Sunday comfortably beat Peronist Economy Minister Sergio Massa, had been vocal on China on the campaign trail and pledged to freeze relations with one of Argentina's most important trading partners.

The president-elect said Argentina would no longer work with "communist" regimes, reportedly likened Beijing's government to an "assassin" and said the people of China were "not free." Milei's four-year term will begin from Dec. 10.

More recently, Diana Mondino, an economist tipped to become foreign minister in Milei's administration, was quoted as saying Argentina would stop interacting with the governments of Brazil and China, according to Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

Mondino had been asked whether Argentina would continue to encourage imports and exports with its main trading partners. Mondino was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC.

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