China hosts Latin American bloc, hails ties with region

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, third from right, speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from left, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed burgeoning ties Thursday with Latin America, pledging to use his country’s economic clout to support billions of dollars in regional projects and almost double two-way trade to $500 billion over the next 10 years.