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Chinese premier arrives in Colombia as part of 4-nation South American investment tour

  • China's Premier Li Keqiang, left, talks to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right,  during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Li Keqiang is in Colombia in an official two-day visit and will then tour Peru and Chile. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    China's Premier Li Keqiang, left, talks to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right, during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Li Keqiang is in Colombia in an official two-day visit and will then tour Peru and Chile. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • China's Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right, receive military honors before they review the troops during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Li Keqiang is in Colombia in an official two-day visit and will then tour Peru and Chile. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    China's Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right, receive military honors before they review the troops during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Li Keqiang is in Colombia in an official two-day visit and will then tour Peru and Chile. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • China's Premier Li Keqiang, right, reviews troops during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Li Keqiang is in Colombia in an official two-day visit and will then tour Peru and Chile. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    China's Premier Li Keqiang, right, reviews troops during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Li Keqiang is in Colombia in an official two-day visit and will then tour Peru and Chile. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

China's Premier Li Keqiang arrived Thursday in Colombia as part of a four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment.

Li is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the Andean nation since the two nations established economic ties three decades ago.

Despite being one of the region's most-dynamic economies, Colombia has lagged behind its South American neighbors in expanding trade with China. Li said in an article published Thursday in the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo that bilateral trade with Colombia is just 6 percent of the Asian giant's overall trade with Latin America.

Li and President Juan Manuel Santos are expected to discuss joint investments in areas ranging from agriculture to infrastructure.

Li arrived from Brazil, where he pledged investments of $53 billion over the next six years.