Hu Jintao Meets with His Peruvian Counterpart Humala
On November 11, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala Tasso in Honolulu, Hawaii. The two heads of state exchanged views in a candid, in-depth manner on bilateral ties as well as issues of common concern, agreeing to work together to further advance the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Peru was one of the first Latin American countries to establish diplomatic relations with New China, and China-Peru relations have maintained a sound momentum over the past 40 years, Hu noted. Since the two countries established a strategic partnership in 2008, bilateral relations have entered a new stage of rapid and all-round development, the Chinese leader added. The two sides have maintained mutual political trust, made substantial progress in trade and economic cooperation and closely coordinated with each other in regional and international affairs, Hu said. In 2010, bilateral trade rose to nearly 10 billion U.S. dollars, as China became the second largest trading partner of Peru and its largest export destination.
Noting that both China and Peru are important developing countries in the Pacific Rim, Hu said China always treats and handles its relations with Peru from a strategic height. He put forward a four-point proposal to further boost bilateral ties. First, the two countries should maintain high-level contact, and should have timely exchanges of views on issues of common concern and continue to support each other on issues of major concern and those related to their respective core interests, Hu said. China appreciates Peru's adherence to the one-China policy, he said. Secondly, Hu said the two sides should expand pragmatic cooperation by jointly addressing the complicated world economic and financial situation. The two sides should adopt vigorous measures to ensure stable growth in bilateral trade and advance cooperation in the areas of energy, mining, infrastructure construction, high technology, finance, agriculture and environmental protection. He said the two countries should take the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties as an opportunity to earnestly plan for the future development of their relations. Thirdly, Hu said they should strengthen exchanges and cooperation in cultural fields. China welcomes young people from Peru to study in China and supports Peru in conducting Chinese language teaching to build up mutual understanding between both peoples. Fourthly, Hu said the two countries should seek closer multilateral cooperation. China supports Peru's efforts to play a greater role at the United Nations and in regional affairs, he said, adding that the two sides should strengthen communication and coordination so as to safeguard their common interests.
Humala fully agreed with Hu's views on strengthening bilateral relations and said the Peruvian people cherish friendly sentiments toward the Chinese people. Both countries share the important tasks of developing economy and improving people's livelihood. Humala, who has visited China twice, said that he has witnessed China's development and progress. Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, the Peru-China strategic partnership has made new progress and pragmatic cooperation in various areas is going on smoothly. Noting that China is one of the most important trading partners of Peru, he said the bilateral free trade agreement is being implemented smoothly. Peru is willing to strengthen its political contact with China and advance win-win cooperation in the areas of trade, economy, energy, mining, infrastructure construction, environmental protection, technology and tourism, he said, welcoming Chinese companies to invest in his country. Humala also called for closer cultural exchanges between the two sides and increased consultation and coordination in the multilateral arena. He reiterated that Peru firmly adheres to the one-China policy.
President Hu pointed out that as developing members of the APEC forum, China and Peru share similar or identical views on many issues and have carried out good cooperation within the framework of APEC. Hu said China is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with Peru to urge APEC to push ahead with efforts to enhance liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment as well as economic and technological cooperation and to improve developing members' capability to achieve sustainable development and sharpen their competitiveness. Meanwhile, efforts should be made to advance the APEC's reform and mechanism building and consolidate and enhance its status and influence in the Asia Pacific regional cooperation.
Humala said Peru is ready to strengthen cooperation with China within the APEC framework and jointly push for positive results at the 19th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Ling Jihua, Wang Huning, Dai Bingguo and other officials attended the meeting.