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China Bolsters Ties With Uruguay in a Bid to Diversify Its Economic Relations in South America

Uruguay President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou clearly enjoyed the opportunity to review a Chinese honor guard during a state visit to Beijing with President Xi Jinping.

China is moving to bolster its diplomatic ties in South America in a bid to pressure one of the region’s lone holdouts that still recognizes Taiwan and diversify its trade beyond the continent’s major powers.

Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou finalized the upgrade of diplomatic ties with China to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership late last week during a four-day visit to Beijing that included meetings with both President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Qiang.

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