Soccer has supplanted ping pong as the sport of Chinese diplomacy, with President Xi Jinping declaring Saturday that China is keen to explore cooperation with Argentina in the field, news website Sohu.com reported Sunday.
In the South American country on an official trip, Xi was given an Argentinian national team jersey with the same number worn by soccer superstar Lionel Messi during the World Cup in Brazil.
Argentinian lawmakers said they look forward to seeing China host the World Cup soon.
Xi also said he is keen to help products from Argentina break into the China market. The two countries have signed several trade and infrastructure deals during Xi’s visit, the report said.
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