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Argentina turns to China for arms supply

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner with Chinese President Xi Jinping after signing agreements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Feb. 4   © Reuters

BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina, under siege by Western creditors and short on foreign currency, has turned to China for help modernizing its decrepit defense systems, as part of its strengthening ties with the Asian power.

     Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, signed numerous investment and trade agreements during her three-day visit to Beijing in February -- a trip made notorious by her quip on Twitter about Chinese accents.

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