Chinese president talks trade on state visit to Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) " Chinese President Xi Jinping is beginning a state visit to Peru on by laying a floral wreath at a monument to the South American nation's independence heroes.

The official visit starting Monday comes on the heels of Xi's participation the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima, and it too will be dominated by trade issues.

China in recent years has surpassed the U.S. as Peru's top trading partner, spurred by a free trade agreement between the two countries and soaring Chinese demand for Peru's abundant metal resources. Peru is home to China's biggest mining investment in Latin America.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski chose China as his first trip abroad after taking office in July.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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