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Thursday, November 22, 2007

In China, Correa Defends Socialism

Beijing, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa criticized in this capital Wednesday the effects of neoliberalism in his country, and defended the 21st century socialism projects getting ahead in the region.

The statesman, on a state visit to China, delivered a magisterial lecture today"s afternoon at the auditorium of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), entitled “Towards the 21 Century Socialism.” Correa stated that neoliberal policies, formulated by the so-called Washington agreement, have been applied in Latin America since the late 1980s with disastrous effects for economies and societies of the continent.

Latin America is not the poorest region of the world like Africa is, but it is the most irregular, because some people live in absolute poverty, while others live better than in Switzerland, he said.

Fundamental rights like education and health have been turned into goods, bases to create human talent destroyed and social cohesion shattered with the weakening of the central state.

The speech to Chinese academics, professors, CASS researchers and Latin American ambassadors, was one of the main activities of today"s agenda, in addition to the opening ceremony of the Tourism and Trade Forum between the two countries.

The Ecuadorian head of State met Tuesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and attended the signing of 14 bilateral accords and memorandums of understanding on oil, mining, railroads, tourism, health, agriculture and other sectors.

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