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“这不仅是打开了智利的路,其实也打开了整个南美地区的路” ——专访智利驻成都总领 ...

2021-8-27 14:34| 发布者: 看四川| 查看: 29189| 评论: 0|原作者: 维娜 彭钰惜 郑松

摘要: 智利是第一个与中国建交的南美国家,2006年智利成为第一个与中国签订自贸协定的拉美国家,2017年智利又成为第一个与中国签署自贸协定升级《议定书》的拉美国家。两国在50多年来的发展中创下了多个“第一”。7月8日.. ...



“It Has Paved the Way for Chile and the South American Region”

Exclusive Interview With Mr. Díaz, Consul General of Chilean Consulate General in Chengdu


Chile is the first South American country to establish diplomatic ties with China, and the first Latin American country to sign the free trade agreement with China in 2006 and the first one to ink the upgraded free trade agreement with China in 2017. The two countries have set a number of “first” in their bilateral development over the past 50 years. On July 8, 2021, Chilean Consulate General in Chengdu was officially inaugurated, making it the first country in Latin America to establish consular presence in Sichuan. What can we expect in the future cooperation between Sichuan and Chile? What kind of exemplary role will it play in deepening the cooperation between Sichuan Province and Latin American countries? To answer these questions, we have conducted an exclusive interview with Mr. Díaz, Consul General of Chilean Consulate General in Chengdu. 


Reporter: Sir, how long have you been in Sichuan? What’s your impression of Chengdu?


Mr. Díaz: I came to Chengdu in April 16th, and then started to know Chengdu after my quarantine. I believe Chengdu can serve as a good example of urban development in China. I visited China 12 years ago and went to places that interested me. Chengdu, compared with the cities I once visited, is more urbanized, and the city gives me a different feeling unlike that of Beijing and Shanghai. Living in Chengdu, I may have some troubles in language because the penetration rate of English is relatively low. That’s why I think it is very necessary to learn Chinese. At present, my primary work is to fulfill the missions of the Consulate General in Chengdu. 


Reporter: Since you have been living in Chengdu for over 3 months, what are the things that impress you?


Mr. Díaz: I love to visit museums. Besides, the Kuan Zhai Alley left a deep impression on me for the distinct Chengdu elements. In addition, I like to eat at the restaurants that local diners will usually go to. Compared with the fancy places, I prefer to experience the authentic local life and have local snacks. Well, unfortunately, I can’t take too spicy food, but I am trying to get used to it. 


Reporter: You have just mentioned to fulfill the missions of the Consulate General. What are your aspirations and plans for pushing forward the friendly cooperation between Sichuan and Chile?


Mr. Díaz: Apart from what I have mentioned, we also plan to set up ties with other consulates, government departments, institutes and companies in Sichuan and other provinces within our consular district, with an aim to facilitate the collaborations in fields like economy, commerce and trade, culture and science and technology. Moreover, our Consulate General shoulders one major mission, i.e. to carry our cultural exchanges. To achieve that goal, we need to establish contacts with Chileans living in our consular district, and to introduce Chile to those Chinese who are interested in my country. 



Reporter: In December 2020, Sichuan and Chile jointly built the Sichuan and Chile Agrotechnological Demonstration Park. At the inauguration ceremony held last month, Chilean Ambassador to China Luis Schmidt Montes mentioned that the first batch of Chilean fruit seedlings would be sent to the park in August. Mr. Díaz, may I ask what the current progress is in the construction of the demo park? 


Mr. Díaz: This batch of seedlings was provided by a Chilean association. Now the problem is that after detection, these seedlings are found to be likely causing harm to the local seedlings, hence that batch has been canceled. Currently, we are looking for new seedlings to replace the canceled ones. But we have to face another challenge, which is the Chinese permit. China Agriculture Association requires that the imported seedlings must do no harm to local ones. Meanwhile, the permit is hard to acquire, and the imported seedlings must be planted at a special place for cultivation, observation and detection for two years. Once confirmed harmless, the seedlings can then be introduced to the demo park in Sichuan. So at present, we need more time to make preparations. 


Reporter: We have learned that there are 4 zones in the demo park - fruit plantation zone, green house plantation zone, flat peach demo zone and China-Chile cultural exchange zone. As for the cultural demo zone, what kind of work will be carried out there?


Mr. Díaz: Because this demo zone is new, we can only be sure that it will serve as a platform for cultural and food exchanges. In November, we will participate in the international food festival organized by the Chengdu Foreign Affairs Office. By then, we may invite the demo park to exhibit their products at the festival. In September, Chile, as the guest of honor, will attend the agricultural expo co-hosted by the Sichuan International Expo Group and local government. Lots of Chilean products will be exhibited on the expo and the demo park may also bring some of their products. 


Reporter: Mr. Díaz, what’s your understanding of Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle? And in your mind, what are the opportunities for cooperation lies ahead between Chile and the dual city circle?


Mr. Díaz: In fact, I learned much about the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle. The rising of the economic circle is a result of the thorough implementation of the B&R Initiative. Chile, at the meantime, has been an active respondent and participant of the initiative, which is very reason prompting the establishment of Chilean Consulate General in Chengdu, a move that has also won the supports from the Chilean President and the Chilean Ambassador to China. Chengdu, as a crucial driving force in the dual city economic circle, has developed rapidly, creating a number of opportunities for Chile to have mutually-beneficial cooperation with Sichuan. It has not only paved the way for Chile, but also for the whole South American region. 



Reporter: Chile is the first Latin American Country to set up the Consulate General in Sichuan. In your opinion, what kind of exemplary role will it play in deepening the cooperation between Sichuan Province and Latin American countries? 


Mr. Díaz: In my opinion, the current pandemic situation in Latin American countries are still severe and the political environment in some countries are still unstable. Despite the challenges, the Latin American countries all agree that China is an important country as we can tell from a series of crucial national polices, for instance, the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, which sets the pace for China’s future development. In that sense, the establishment of Chilean Consulate General in Chengdu will sure to play an exemplary role. For example, if our consulate achieves great success, I believe other Latin American countries will establish consular presences in Sichuan, and set up cooperation in various fields with southwestern China. In actuality, Chile has set a number of “first” with Asia, including the first Latin American country to have a strategy towards Asia-Pacific and the first one in Latin America to become a member state of APEC. So I believe we are now on the right path.