President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez, who is in Beijing to bolster ties, attends a welcome ceremony hosted by her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez attended a welcome ceremony hosted by her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. The two leaders inspected the guard of honor before sitting down for talks in the Great Hall of the People. The South American country is battling to shore up its ailing foreign reserves and has received at least $2.4 billion from China in currency swaps and loans last year. After the meeting, Xi and Fernandez are scheduled to oversee the signing of several cooperation agreements between the two countries, covering areas of energy, infrastructure, finance, trade and security, local media reported. Fernandez is also scheduled to hold talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday (February 5). She is currently dealing with a political scandal in Argentina. On Tuesday (February 3), investigators found a drafted request for her arrest by a prosecutor who had died in mysterious circumstances last month. The papers found in the trash at Alberto Nisman's apartment, drafted in June, requested that Fernandez be arrested for conspiring to derail his probe into the deadly bombing of a Jewish center. Nisman spent almost a decade building up a case that Iran was behind the 1994 attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) that killed 85 people. Iran's government has repeatedly denied the allegation. Nisman was found in a pool of blood with a single bullet to the head on January 18. Nisman had been due the day after his death to answer questions in Congress about his allegations that Fernandez sought to cover up Iran's involvement in return for Iranian oil. Fernandez has called the claim "absurd".