Chile, Japan sign mining deals, share earthquake science

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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe (L) and Chile's president MIchelle Bachelet (R) pose during a press conference at La Moneda presidential Palace in Santiago July 31, 2014Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sealed a series of deals on a visit to Chile Thursday in areas ranging from mining to minimizing damage from earthquakes. Abe is on a five-country Latin American tour that comes just after rival Asian giant China’s President Xi Jinping wrapped up his own visit to the region. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said she wanted her country, with its long Pacific coastline and abundant ports, to be Japan’s gateway to the region. “I want to show you that Chile is a great partner and an enormous entryway to the Latin American region,” she said during meetings with Abe at the presidential palace.