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Wen Jiabao Meets with Costa Rican President Chinchilla

2012/08/17

On August 17, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Bilateral relations between China and Costa Rica have withstood the tests of the international financial crisis and the complex and changing regional situation and made substantial progress in all areas since the establishment of diplomatic ties five years ago. "It has not only benefited the two countries and their people, but also contributed to friendly exchanges between China and Central America," Wen said, expressing belief that the China-Costa Rica relationship based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit has broad prospect for development.

China will implement all the cooperative documents with Costa Rica, improve relevant mechanisms and legal frameworks, make full use of the bilateral free trade agreement, increase imports from Costa Rica to diversify trade relations and expand mutual investment. The two countries should explore ways of working together in transportation, power and other infrastructure development as well as strengthening exchanges in education, science and culture, Wen said.

Wen voiced appreciation for Costa Rica's active role in supporting China's dialogue with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). He said the country will work with Costa Rica to create a new chapter in China-Latin America relations.

Chinchilla said though Costa Rica and China established their diplomatic relations not long ago, bilateral ties have made significant progress. She said the free trade agreement has helped bilateral trade to grow. She said her country attached great importance to the opportunities provided by China's development and hoped to boost cooperation in the economy and trade, infrastructure development, education, culture, justice and science for the benefit of both peoples. Premier Wen's policies to enhance Latin America-China relations were mentioned in his speech at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean in June. Costa Rica highly appreciates these policies and is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with China during its rotating presidency of CELAC to push China-Latin America cooperation to yield more outcomes.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chinese Ambassador to Costa Rica Li Changhua and other officials attended the meeting.

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