BUENOS AIRES , Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Greater cooperation on tourism between China and Argentina is urged in a bid to boost bilateral exchange and mutual understanding, Chinese ambassador to Argentina Yang Wanming said in an interview with Xinhua on Thursday.
""We Chinese always say: to gain wisdom, it's not enough to read 10,000 books, you have to travel 10,000 kilometers,"" Yang said at the opening of the 2nd Forum on Tourism and Hotel Investment in Argentina's capital , adding ""tourism builds a significant bridge for intercultural communication.""
Speaking highly of the ties between the two countries, which are ""at their peak,"" Yang noted that China is known as a great tourism powerhouse,which has the largest domestic tourism market in the world.
China ""received a total of 128 million international tourists in 2014, which ranks it as the fourth most-visited destination by foreign travelers,"" Yang told senior Argentinean and Chinese tourism officials.
At the same time, China ""is the country that sends the largest number of tourists abroad ,"" said Yang.
Last year, more than 100 million Chinese tourists traveled around the world, ""in other words, one out of 10 international travelers is of Chinese nationality,"" Yang added.
He noted that Argentina, a tourism heavyweight in its region, also leads South American destination for foreign visitors , said Yang.
Tourism between the two countries is already on the upswing, said Yang, with Argentinean statistics showing that ""in the past decade, the number of Chinese tourists to Argentina has grown five fold.""
""Last year, more than 30,000 Chinese tourists arrived in this beautiful place, making Argentina the favorite South American destination for my compatriots ,"" said Yang.
Given the distance between the two countries, ""we have to offer easier visa processing, flights and tourism services to encourage reciprocal visits."" Yang urged.
Thanks to the efforts of both governments, a bilateral accord went into effect in June that makes it easier to issue tourism visas.
""Argentinean guides told me that this new policy led to a rapid rise in Chinese tourists to Argentina,"" said Yang. ""I hope both sides continue to take more steps to ease the visa process and design air routes to increase reciprocal visits.""
""Argentina isn't just known for its glaciers and waterfalls, but also for its tango, football and cuisine , while also serving as a hub for trips to Antarctica and two-ocean cruises,"" Yang said.
Yang offered his country's backing of efforts by Argentina's Tourism Ministry and Tourism Chamber, as well as travel agencies and hotels, to run promotional campaigns in China and establish cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.
China is Argentina's third-largest source of foreign investment and ""has extensive experience in sectors linked to tourism, such as transport, telecommunications and real estate development,"" said Yang , highlighting the two nations'economic complementarity.
The Asian giant also ""welcomes"" Argentinean companies that want to ""explore business opportunities in China,"" said Yang.
Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS-PB - news) , Wall Street's biggest dealmaker, has surpassed $1 trillion in mergers and acquisitions for a single year for the first time since the financial crisis.
The US investment bank passed the closely-watched benchmark for 2014 following transactions this week, according to data Wednesday from Dealogic.
The last time a firm surpassed $1 trillion in a year came in 2007, when Goldman also breached the level.
Goldman's latest big deal was Merck (Other OTC: MKGAF - news) 's $9.5 billion takeover of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (NasdaqGS: CBST - news) , unveiled Monday.
Goldman has also worked on the $66 billion purchase of Botox-maker Allergan (NYSE: AGN - news) by Activis and the $48.5 billion acquisition by AT&T (Sao Paolo: ATTB34.SA - news) of DirecTV (NasdaqGS: DTV - news) .
With 380 deals worth just over $1.0 trillion , Goldman leads the pack in global mergers and acquisitions, according to Dealogic.
JPMorgan Chase ranks second with $741 billion in deals and Morgan Stanley (Xetra: 885836 - news) is third with $692 billion in deals. Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) is the highest ranked non-US firm with $540 billion in deals, the data show
The ranking does not include data for initial public offerings, an area in which Goldman is also active.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday denounced the deadly attack on the offices of a Paris-based magazine, and pledged assistance, if need be , to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people," the president said in a written statement, describing France as the "oldest ally" of the United States that has stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Washington in the fight against terrorism.
"France, and the great city of Paris, where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers," he said. "We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice."
Four other people were seriously wounded in the attack , in which at least two masked gunmen opened fire with assault rifles in the offices and then exchanged shots with police in the street before fleeing by car, press reports said.
French President Francois Hollande has characterized the shooting as a terrorist attack, and the country has raised the anti-terrorism alert in the greater Paris area to the highest level amid fears for more attacks in the region.
France, the target of Islamist fighters in reprisal for its military strikes against Islam.