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Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner came under intense criticism after she mocked Chinese pronunciation on Twitter while on a state visit to China seeking investment. But there was no mention of the diplomatic faux pas in the Thursday edition of Chinese newspaper People's Daily, which instead chose to feature a picture of a friendly, if slightly stiff, handshake between Kirchner and Chinese President Xi Jinping on its front page.

Kirchner tweeted in Spanish Wednesday, "Did they only come for lice and petloleum?" It was a comeback to criticism that she packs events with her supporters, Bloomberg reports.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: People's Daily is a Beijing-based daily newspaper, published worldwide with a circulation of 3 to 4 million.


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How South American Oceans Can Sway The U.S.-China Showdown

As global rivalries and over-fishing impact the seas around South America, countries there must find a common strategy to protect their maritime backyards.

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BUENOS AIRES — As the U.S.-China rivalry gathers pace, oceans matter more than ever. This is evident just looking at the declarations and initiatives enacted concerning the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Yet there is very little debate in South America on the Sino-American confrontation and its impact on seas around South America, specifically the South-Eastern Pacific (SEP) and South-Western Atlantic (SWA). These have long ceased to be empty spaces — and their importance to the world's superpowers can only grow.

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