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Panama announces establishment of diplomatic ties with China

Updated:2017-06-13 10:35:08   XinHua

The Republic of Panama announced on Monday that it has established formal diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

President Juan Carlos Varela announces the establishment of diplomatic ties between Panama and China, June 12, 2017, local time. [Photo: Official twitter of Panama president]

President Juan Carlos Varela made the announcement on Monday night local time (Tuesday morning Beijing Time) through a televised speech.

Calling the establishment of ties "historic," President Varela said the two countries share common views on the importance of globalization and shoulder responsibility to realize the global development.

"The People's Republic of China has always played an important role in the economy of Panama," he said, adding China is the second largest user of the Panama Canal and the first supplier of goods to the Colon Free Trade Zone.

Panama is of great strategic importance, located at the crossroads of the North and South American continents.

Editor: Mu Xu

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