China says it would be a ‘serious mistake’ if Argentina cuts ties

China says it would be a 'serious mistake' if Argentina cuts ties

BEIJING: The Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday (Nov 21) that it would be a “serious mistake” in Argentina’s diplomacy if the South American nation were to cut ties with major countries like China or Brazil.

China is an important trading partner for Argentina, and its elected government attaches great importance to relations with China, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular news conference.

On Sunday, Argentina elected Javier Milei as its new president. The right-wing libertarian has criticised China and Brazil, saying he would not deal with “communists”, and favours stronger ties with the United States.

Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency also cited Diana Mondino, an economist tipped to become foreign minister under the Milei administration, as saying her country would not join the BRICS group.

Argentina was among six countries invited to become new members of the BRICS, a bloc consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Mondino also told RIA Novosti that Argentina would “stop interacting” with the governments of China and Brazil, when asked whether Argentina would encourage exports and imports with those countries.

“The two sides have strong economic complementarity and huge potential for cooperation,” said Mao, when asked by reporters to comment on Mondino’s remarks.

“China is willing to continue to work together with Argentina to promote the stability and long-term development of bilateral relations.”