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Beijing Says Economic Ties Will Trump Argentina’s Election of ‘Anti-China’ Milei

Argentine presidential candidate for the La Libertad Avanza alliance Javier Milei speaks to supporters after winning the presidential election runoff at his party headquarters in Buenos Aires on November 19, 2023. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

China expressed assurance that close economic ties with Argentina will override threats by the country’s newly elected president to downgrade relations with Beijing.

Questions about the future of the countries’ traditionally strong bilateral relations are being raised after Monday’s landslide victory of radical libertarian Javier Milei, who while campaigning called China an “assassin” and repeatedly suggested breaking ties with all “communist” systems.

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