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Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Costa Rican President Chinchilla

2012/08/16

On the afternoon of August 16, 2012, President Hu Jintao held talks with his Costa Rican counterpart Laura Chinchilla Miranda at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on developing bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern and reached broad consensus.

Costa Rica is the first Central American country to establish diplomatic relations with China in recent years. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties five years ago, bilateral relations have achieved rapid development, with increasing high-level visits, enhanced mutual political trust and expanding cooperation in various fields. Both sides have also maintained good communication and coordination on major international and regional issues. Hu said China appreciates Costa Rica's adherence to the one-China policy. "The establishment and development of Sino-Costa Rican relations has benefited both sides and promoted understanding and cooperation between China and Latin American states," Hu said.

Chinchilla said since the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral ties between the two countries have enjoyed fast and sound development. The Costa Rican people appreciate China's valuable support and help. Facts prove that the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries is a wise and correct choice of Costa Rica which hopes to further develop friendly cooperative relations with China.

Hu said Costa Rica is an important country in Central America and has a unique influence and role in international and regional affairs. China attaches great importance to relations with Costa Rica and is willing to make joint efforts with Costa Rica to promote sound, in-depth development of bilateral ties from the following four aspects. First, President Hu said both sides should bolster high-level contacts, enhance political mutual trust, maintain close consultations and support each other on major issues of each other's concern. Second, he called on the two sides to steadily advance pragmatic cooperation. Both sides should continue to expand and diversify trade and further cooperation in infrastructure, energy, investment and agriculture. China supports Costa Rica in hosting the seventh Chinese-Latin American entrepreneur summit, Hu said. He hoped the two sides will take full advantage of this opportunity and platform to enhance mutual understanding and promote mutually beneficial cooperation. Third, President Hu also called for enriched exchanges in humanities, science and technology. The two sides should further improve exchanges and cooperation in areas such as culture, education, health, scientific research and tourism, enhance joint research on biodiversity and run well the Confucius Institute in Costa Rica. The Chinese side welcomes more Costa Rican youth to study in China and is willing to help Costa Rica to promote Chinese language teaching. Fourth, Hu called for enhanced consultations on multilateral affairs. The two sides should continue to maintain communication and consultation on major issues including the United Nations affairs, climate change and sustainable development to safeguard the common interests of the two countries and developing countries as a whole.

Chinchilla said currently, Costa Rica -China relations are at a new starting point and enjoy broad development prospects. Costa Rica is ready to strengthen political exchanges and enhance mutual understanding and support with China. She hopes to take the entry into force of the bilateral free trade agreement as an opportunity to increase trade and two-way investment, attract more Chinese businesses to invest in Costa Rica and expand the Latin American market by making use of Costa Rica's geographical advantages. She pledged to further cooperation with China in energy and infrastructure construction and push forward exchanges in the fields of culture, education, science and technology, tourism and human resources. China is an important force to promote world peace and prosperity. Costa Rica attaches great importance to communication and coordination with China in the United Nations and other international organizations in a bid to jointly promote cooperation among the international community on global governance, climate change and other areas.

Hu said that Latin American countries, as an important emerging force, are more actively participating in international affairs, which gives a strong impetus to the balanced development of the international pattern. At present, China-Latin America relations enjoy a sound momentum of comprehensive, wide-ranging and multi-level development. The Chinese side attaches great importance to relations with Latin America and is ready to work with Latin American countries to raise their comprehensive and cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual benefit and common development to a new level.

Chinchilla said that Costa Rica welcomes and supports China's proposals on strengthening the Latin America-China relations and is willing to play an active role in pushing forward cooperation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and other regional organizations with China.

After their talks, Hu and Chinchilla witnessed the signing of an economic and technological cooperation agreement between the two governments as well as bilateral cooperative documents covering the agriculture, animal husbandry, healthcare and civil aviation sectors.

Prior to the talks, President Hu held a welcome ceremony for Chinchilla's visit at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Zhou Tienong, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Bai Lichen, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Vice Chairperson of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League (TSL) Central Committee Huang Zhixian, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of Education Yuan Guiren, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Chinese Ambassador to Costa Rica Li Changhua attended the welcome ceremony.

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