|Chinese Director-General Zeng Gang and US Assistant Secretary Shannon Hold the First Counterpart Consultation on Latin American Affairs|
On April 14, 2006, the first counterpart consultation between China and the US on Latin American affairs was held between Zeng Gang, Director-General of the Department of Latin American Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and Thomas A. Shannon, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the US State Department, who came to China at the invitation of Zeng Gang. This is the first consultation between China and the US on Latin American affairs within the framework of China-US Strategic Dialogues, during which both sides had an in-depth exchange of comments and views on a wide range of subjects, including the regional situation of Latin America, their relations and policies with Latin America, their polices toward Latin America and the cooperation between China and the US on Latin American Affairs and agreed to regularize the consultation mechanism. Shannon spoke positively of the outcome of the consultation and believed that such consultation helps the US to know more of China's policies toward Latin America and is conducive to enhancing mutual trusts. It was believed that China and the US could carry out cooperation in Latin America, which will benefit China, the US and Latin America.