On 20 November 2013, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met in Beijing with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, who came to China for an official visit.
Yang Jiechi expressed that in recent years, China and Ecuador have enjoyed unceasingly deepened political mutual trust and fruitful practical cooperation. China appreciates Ecuador's efforts to push for overall cooperation between China and the Latin American region. China is ready to join hands with Ecuador strengthening exchanges and cooperation in all fields so as to push forward China-Ecuador, China-Latin America relations to another new high.
Patino expressed congratulations on the successful convening of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, noting that Ecuador attaches great importance to developing relations with China. Ecuador is ready to further deepen exchanges and cooperation with China in the fields of politics, economy and trade and people-to-people and cultural exchanges in order to push for new development of bilateral relations and of overall cooperation between the Latin American region and China.