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President Boric and the Sino-US trade war: “What he does is protect his political autonomy”

The President referred to the pressures of the two powers in the midst of their struggle. It also signed a memorandum with Canada to improve the mechanism for trade disputes.

Thursday 17 November 2022 9:42 p.m.


Chile will defend its autonomy, President Gabriel Boric affirmed during the day he met with a group of students in Thailand, where he addressed the effects of the trade war between China and the United States.

But our country has a long tradition of diplomatic relations with Washington while Beijing is the main trading partner with a trade balance that had increased by 40% till April this year.

This is why Chile’s head of state insisted that the aspiration is to maintain “political autonomy to be able to have relations free from any kind of pressure in the sense of excluding any party”.

President Boric said that “we will continue to have important relations with China. China is actually our main trading partner today. Tomorrow we are going to have a good meeting with President Xi Jinping, where we will discuss further deepening of our relations.” going to do.”

In addition, he added that “we have an important relationship with the President of the United States. You know, I’ve talked with President Biden about the importance of rethinking the US relationship with Latin America, and we’re moving in that direction.” Will continue to work.

For this reason, he insisted that “occupational war between such two important powers, the truth is that what our country does is to negotiate with both sides to protect its political autonomy.”

President Boric also mentioned the signing of an agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, before attending an official reception for the Thai government in the Asian country this Thursday night (at 9:00 pm in Chile).

“Canada and Chile have a common interest in reforming the dispute resolution mechanism that exists today and is under discussion with the world” and aims not only to cover letter The proposals were approved a few weeks ago in Parliament by La Moneda within the framework of the Trans-Pacific Agreement, but also other trade agreements.

In this sense, he said that the two countries aim to “promote the continuous improvement of the investment chapter of the CTPP within the framework of the review mechanism.”

He also pointed out that these agreements that offer more guarantees to companies than to states “is something that has to be reviewed. It is being promoted in the EU, which does not take away from the fact that we We are going to follow the mandate that the National Congress has given us and I have already said that it will be submitted during this year.

Something similar is expected to be achieved with New Zealand, with whose rulers he will also hold a bilateral meeting within the framework of APEC which is taking place in Thailand.

Election of a new national prosecutor: “there is no veto for any candidate”

When consulted about the election of a future national prosecutor to replace George Abbott, the president rejected the idea of ​​a veto against any of the four candidates still running for the position, specifically Angel Valencia has formally defended a case of sexual violence.

“Our government has no veto against any candidate,” said the president, who stressed that “we are conducting an evaluation and negotiation with senators because it requires a broad agreement of 2/3 and therefore It is not something that the government can impose”.

The President said that “It is not our objective to fail Quina in any case. We respect the powers of the Supreme Court and therefore we are going to present the four candidates who remain in the contest, remember we Should candidate Rios decline his candidacy, we are going to present an alternative to the Senate.

He also stressed that “we are working to build a consensus because we know that it is not likely nor desirable for anyone to have a say on a sensitive issue like the National Prosecutor’s Office, which deals with crime in our country”. is in charge of proselytizing, one tries to dominate the other.” We need a lot more,” the president concluded.

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