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Xi Jinping Meets with Costa Rican President Chinchilla

2012/08/17

On August 17, 2012, Vice President Xi Jinping met with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi extended welcome for Chinchilla's visit to China. He said President Hu Jintao had held fruitful talks with President Chinchilla, expressing belief that this visit will further deepen China-Costa Rica cooperation in all areas and push forward bilateral relations.

Xi said that this year is the 5th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Under the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral relations have seen rapid and stable development in the past five years, with fruitful exchanges and cooperation in various fields. First, the two countries have enhanced political mutual trust, with frequent high-level exchanges and expanding exchanges and cooperation between the governments, parliaments and political parties. Costa Rica firmly pursues the one-China policy, which the Chinese side appreciates. Second, both sides have enjoyed fruitful economic and trade cooperation and the trade volume in 2011 has seen an increase of 120% over 2006. The entry into force of the bilateral free trade agreement in August last year has opened up broad space for the development of bilateral economic and trade relations. Third, both sides have enjoyed increasingly active cultural exchanges, which enhanced mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

China attached great importance to friendly ties with Costa Rica and was ready to join hands with it to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and promote in-depth development of the bilateral relations, Xi told his guest.

On China-Latin America relations, Xi stressed the importance of Latin American countries in international affairs. China attaches great importance to developing state relations with Latin American countries and is ready to enhance overall cooperation between them and China. He said China will coordinate more closely with Costa Rica, and exchange views on the development of China-Latin America relations, so as to promote continuous development of their comprehensive partnership of cooperation.

Chinchilla fully agreed with Xi's views on Costa Rica-China, Latin America-China relations. She said she had exchanged views and reached important consensus with Chinese leaders during her China visit, which will help further progress of the ties. Though the two countries established diplomatic ties not long ago, bilateral relations have seen rapid development and achieved fruitful results, opening a new chapter in bilateral ties. Costa Rica-China relationship is characterized by mutual complementarity, cooperation and friendship. Costa Rica is willing to work together with the Chinese side to promote bilateral relations and contribute to Latin America-China relations.

The president also reiterated Costa Rica's firm adherence to the one-China policy.

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

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