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BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday that cutting ties with Argentina would be a “huge mistake” after a right-wing liberal leader won the weekend’s presidential election in the South American country and said he would not do so. Dealing with the Communists.

Argentine President-elect Javier Miley criticized China as well as Brazil, two of his country’s most important trading partners. A few months ago, Miley likened the Chinese government to a “killer” and said that the people of China were “not free.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a regular press conference that the development of relations with Argentina shows good momentum, and it would be a “grave mistake” for Argentina to sever its relations with countries such as China and Brazil.

Miley’s tough talk on China contrasts sharply with the outgoing president’s pledge of cooperation. Alberto FernandezWho visited Beijing last month and praised China as a “true friend” of Argentina.

Fernandez also pledged to coordinate with China within frameworks such as the G20 and BRICS.

Diana Mondino, the economist nominated to become Foreign Minister in Miley’s administration, said that Argentina will not join the BRICS group, which includes China and Russia, according to what the Russian RIA Novosti news agency quoted her as saying.

Argentina was among six countries invited to become new members of BRICS, a bloc that also includes Brazil, India and South Africa.

Mondino 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.

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In response to reporters’ questions about Mondino’s remarks, Mao said: “The two sides have strong economic complementarity and great potential for cooperation.

“China is ready to continue working with Argentina to enhance the stability and long-term development of bilateral relations,” he added.

Earlier this month, Mondino said Argentina had no problem trading with Brazil, and as for China, Miley would seek to end murky deals between the countries.

“What we will not do is secret contracts,” she said. “Argentina, this government, in the last 20 years, has conducted multiple secret negotiations.” “This is not normal and this is what we said we would not do.”

Chinese state media have so far downplayed Chinese comments on… Miley “Fiery”.But she warned that Argentina would be the country that stood to lose if China was shut out of its market.

(Reporting by Ethan Wang and Ryan Wu; Preparing by Mohammed for the Arabic Bulletin) Editing by Christopher Cushing, Edwina Gibbs and Alex Richardson

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