Huge potential for further cooperation across a range of fast-developing sectors
Argentina's energy plans for the next decade are based on its connections with China, Argentina's new Ambassador to China, Diego Ramiro Guelar, told China Daily.
The ambassador also said that an agreement regarding China's construction of a space observatory will be signed during Argentinean President Mauricio Macri's visit to China for the summit.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his wife arrive in Hangzhou on Friday for the G20 Summit. Chen Fei / Xinhua
Speaking of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, the ambassador said current cooperation is mainly related to energy and transportation, as his country undertakes a rail review and is building two hydroelectric plants, two nuclear plants, and a number of plants related to solar and wind power.
"It means that all the energy plans for the future of Argentina for the next decade are based on the association with China," he said.
"This is major achievement and proves how solid and important our relation is because without energy and without transportation, there is no possibility of development."
He also said that great potential remains to be tapped from bilateral cooperation between China and Argentina in mining, agriculture and tourism.
Tourism for example, is ripe for expansion. Last year, 120 million Chinese people travelled overseas but only 25,000 went to Argentina.
"This shows that we can do a lot of things," the ambassador said, noting greater convenience is around the corner for Chinese tourists as within five years it is expected that all they will need to visit the country is a passport and valid air ticket.
"Of course this needs agreement between our two countries, but we are working on it with the Chinese authorities," he said.
Guelar said one of the important agreements to be signed between the two countries during the meeting concerns the observatory in sparsely populated Patogonia in southern Argentina where light pollution from built-up areas will not be a problem. It will also have a satellite tracking facility and this will be an integral part of China's plans to reach the moon in 2020. The observatory will be exclusively for civilian purposes, the ambassador said.