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Chinese president talks trade on state visit to Peru

Associated Press Associated Press 21/11/2016
China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Li Yuan arrive to the government palace in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Xi Jinping is starting his official visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) © The Associated Press China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Li Yuan arrive to the government palace in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Xi Jinping is starting his official visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru — 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.

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