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China supports Argentina’s claim to the UK-run Falkland Islands

British smoke after Beijing cast its weight behind Buenos Aires claims sovereignty over Britain’s foreign islands, which it calls Malvinas.

Both leaders say they will continue to support each other on issues of sovereignty interests. (AFP)

After meeting with President Xi Jinping and President Alberto Fernandez in Beijing, China announced its support for Argentina’s claim of sovereignty over the UK-run Falkland Islands as it welcomed South America into the Global Belt and Road Initiative.

China’s national broadcaster CCTV said on Sunday that Beijing and Buenos Aires have reached an agreement to “jointly promote the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, indicating that Argentina has entered the initiative. rice field.

China’s BRI is a $ 1 trillion driving force to improve trade links around the world by building groundbreaking infrastructure, and including Argentina is a big win for Beijing in Latin America. ..

The deal came when Argentine President Fernandez visited China for three days to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics Winter Olympics.

Both sides said in a statement that they would continue to support each other on issues regarding the interests of sovereignty.

The statement Supported each other’s territorial claims-Argentina’s Falkland Islands and Taiwan’s China.

“Argentina reaffirms its commitment to one China principle. China will resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with Argentina’s request to exercise full sovereignty in the Malvinas Islands and relevant UN resolutions. We reaffirmed our support for the resumption of negotiations, “said the state-run CGTN, citing a joint statement.

Britain expresses anger

Britain’s Foreign Minister Liz Truss said in a tweet, “I completely reject questions about the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.”

“The Falkland Islands are part of the British family and we defend their right to self-determination,” Truss added, China must respect the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

Chen Weiwa, a state-owned China Daily journalist, replied to Truss:

“At least China hasn’t sent the Navy near the Malvinas Islands, or what you call the Falkland Islands,” Weiwa said.

The Falkland Islands are self-governing British overseas territories that have been under British control since 1833.

Argentina and Britain have long argued over ownership of the Falkland Islands, and Argentina claims sovereignty over the islands called Malvinas.

The conflict caused a short war in 1982, killing 255 British troops and about 650 Argentine soldiers.

The disputed islands are about 13,000 kilometers from the United Kingdom and only 650 kilometers from the southeastern coast of Argentina, and are home to approximately 2,600 people of predominantly British descent.

Source: AFP

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