On September 18, 2021, the 6th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. At the invitation of Mexico, the rotating presidency of CELAC, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the summit via video link.
Xi Jinping pointed out that ten years ago, CELAC was born out of the efforts of Latin American and Caribbean countries to pursue independence and seek strength in unity, which was a milestone in the process of regional integration. In the past ten years, CELAC has played an important role in maintaining peace and stability and promoting common development in the region. China attaches great importance to developing relations with CELAC, and supports CELAC in coordinating regional countries to carry out cooperation and cope with challenges. In July 2014, the leaders of regional countries and I jointly announced the establishment of the Forum of China and CELAC, which has developed a new way for the comprehensive cooperation between China and CELAC. Over the past seven years, the forum has flourished and become a major platform for bringing together friendly forces from all walks of life in China and CELAC, and has made important contributions to deepening China-CELAC relations.
Xi Jinping stressed that having stood the test of changing international situation, China-CELAC relations have entered a new era featuring equality, mutual benefit, innovation, openness and tangible benefits for the people. China-CELAC friendship is time-honored and deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. Since 2020, facing the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, China and CELAC have helped each other and carried out all-around cooperation against the pandemic. China will continue to provide support to Latin American and Caribbean countries to the best of its capability, and help the regional countries overcome the pandemic at an early date and resume economic and social development. China is willing to work with Latin American and Caribbean countries to overcome difficulties together and jointly create opportunities to build a community of shared future between China and CELAC.