Chile was the first South American country to establish diplomatic relations with China on December 15, 1970. Over the past half century, the two countries have always adhered to the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, openness and tolerance, and have always been at the forefront of the flourishing development of relations between China and Latin America.In order to promote cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, investment, energy, mining, science and technology, the first CHILE WEEK was held in China in 2015. On November 22nd, 2022, the seventh edition of CHILE WEEK was inaugurated in Beijing, with the theme "Towards a Sustainable World", focusing on sustainable development, global value chains and investment, women in business, strengthening country positioning and leveraging new business opportunities.
The opening ceremony was held in the morning of the 22nd at the Embassy of Chile in China, with a live video streaming linking Beijing and Santiago. The opening ceremony was attended by authorities from both countries, including Ms. Ximena Fuentes, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile and Mr. Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce of China(video message), as well as leaders from CAWA, CCOIC, CCIIP, CFMA and China Meat Association.There were also more than 200 guests attending the conference, including Chilean companies in the Chinese market, representatives of industry associations, importers, media, and KOLs.
Afterwards, there was networking session for SMEs, where 25 Chilean companies in China promoted their products to Chinese importers, distributors, retailers, e-commerce and consumers through business talks, product demonstrations and tasting.
Among the activities during CHILE WEEK in Beijing, Patagonia Mussels,Chile Pork, Faenacar, Chilealimentos,Asoex and Wines of Chile Associations prepared and co-hosted a spectacular culinary show. The event was prepared by Michelin restaurant chef using premium Chilean ingredients: fresh fruits, pork, beef, mussels, frozen fruits and accompanied by fine Chilean wines. The event was attended by a professional audience including representatives from professional media, the hospitality industry, sommeliers, anchors and other professional audience, and will be recorded by the anchors for vlog distribution on social media. While enjoying the production process and tasting the Chilean food and wine, everyone was able to experience the safety, traceability and sustainability of Chilean products.
In the evening, a "Flavors of Chile" dinner was held to thank the guests who contributed to the economic, trade and cultural exchanges between Chile and China,. The guests tasted Chilean food and wine and exchanged ideas, as they enhanced their relationship during the mingling.
In recent years, Chile has been working strongly towards having a more sustainable and inclusive development. To showcase the progress and opportunities towards this goal two seminars were held on the 23rd. The first one was themed "Chile- China: prospects and opportunities for the electric vehicle industry". It promoted the bidding project of electric taxis in Chile and attracted many Chinese electric vehicle enterprises and relevant ministry to participate in the activity. At the seminar, Mr. Diego Pardow, Minister of Energy of Chile, and Ms. Karla Flores of the InvestChile, and Ms. Natalia Cortés, Diretor of ProChile Beijing, delivered speeches. Jiang Zhaoli, Deputy Director of the Climate Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, described China's actions to address climate change, Mr. Ignacio Rivas, the head of the electric vehicle department of the Chilean Energy Sustainable Development Agency, introduced the purchase plan of electric taxis of Chile. Mr. Liu Cong, the deputy general manager of marketing of the new energy business department of Foton's overseas business unit, also described the development experience of Chinese electric vehicle enterprises in Chile. The two sides raised questions and discussed their concerns, and expressed their hope that Chinese electric vehicle enterprises would participate in the investment and cooperation of Chile's new energy taxi project.
第二场研讨会就“智利-中国：共同推进能源绿色转型”进行了分享，智利外国投资促进局（InvestChile）卡拉·弗洛雷斯女士进行致辞后，国家发展和改革委员会能源研究所及国际能源合作研究中心刘建国博士、智利外国投资促进总局（Invest Chile）亚 洲投资专员文森特·宾多先生、智利外国投资促进总局（Invest Chile）能源领域投资专员胡安·巴布罗·普赛尔先生、隆基氢能海外技术高级主任工程师杜威先生和智利绿氢企业协会研究主管里卡多·罗德里格斯先生分别进行了主题演讲，介绍了两国在绿色氢领域的发展战略和经验，在深入交流中探讨在该行业的合作契机。作为南美可再生能源投资与发展的领头羊，智利一直致力于挖掘绿色氢的潜力与实用价值，在全球绿色氢能领域正扮演着越来越重要的角色。活动采用了混合形式（O2O），进行了同步线上直播，让更多观众有机会了解智利的新能源政策与合作机会。
The second seminar shared on "Chile-China: Cooperation On Green Energy Transformation". After Ms. Karla Flores of InvestChile delivered a speech, Dr. Liu Jianguo Deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute & National Development and Reform Commission, Mr. Vicente Pinto, InvestChile's Asia Investment Commissioner, Mr. Juan Pablo Purcell, Investment Promotion Executive of Energy Sector of InvestChile, Mr. Du Wei, Senior Overseas Technical Manager of LONGi Hydrogen, and Mr. Ricardo Rodríguez, the research director of H2 Chile, delivered keynote speeches, introducing the development strategies and experiences of the two countries in the field of green hydrogen, and discussing the cooperation opportunities in this industry during in-depth exchanges. As the leader of renewable energy investment and development in South America, Chile has been committed to tapping the potential and practical value of green hydrogen and is playing an increasingly important role in the global green hydrogen energy field. The activity adopted a mixed form (O2O) and carried out a synchronous online livestreaming, giving more viewers a chance to learn about Chile's new energy policies and cooperation opportunities.
The final event of CHILE WEEK in Beijing was the Wine Master Class, which involved 12 Chilean wineries and 40 Chinese importers and distributors, where professionals explained each wine and introduced the corresponding winery and background knowledge. Participants were able to taste Chilean wines while gaining a deeper knowledge of Chilean wine culture, further enhancing their goodwill and trust in the Chilean brands.
智利周北京站的成功打响，准确定位并提升了智利的国家形象和产品认知，也为北京寒冷的冬日增添了一份热情。11月24日至29日，本届智利周的热度将会点燃成都、上海和深圳，请大家持续关注并积极参与智利周的后续活动，助力中智两国的友好关系迈上更开阔的大道。The success of CHILE WEEK in Beijing has accurately positioned and enhanced Chile's national image and product recognition, and has added enthusiasm to the cold winter days in Beijing. On the 24th-29th November, Chile Week will ignite Chengdu, Shanghai and Shenzhen, so please stay tuned and participate in the follow-up activities of CHILE WEEK, and booster the friendly relations between China and Chile step onto a broader road.