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Montevideo (AFP) June 22, 2012
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Uruguay Friday, his first stop on a multi-nation visit to South America.
Wen's arrival marks the first time a Chinese premier has visited Uruguay since diplomatic ties were established in 1988.
In a statement, Wen said that he and his counterparts would discuss international and regional issues of mutual interest.
A Uruguay foreign ministry source told AFP there was strong government interest in having Chinese investors fund the building of a deepwater port in the southeast department of Rocha.
China is Uruguay's second-largest trading partner after Brazil.
Wen, whose stay wraps up Saturday, is also scheduled to visit Chile and Argentina on his trip to the region.
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