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Wu Bangguo Meets with Costa Rican President Chinchilla

2012/08/17

On August 17, 2012, Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Wu Bangguo, met with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda at the Great Hall of the People.

Wu first congratulated Chinchilla on her fruitful visit to China, expressing belief that it will give new impetus to pushing forward Sino-Costa Rican relations. He said in recent years, both countries have maintained close high-level exchanges, expanding economic and trade cooperation, increasing people-to-people exchanges and fruitful cultural contacts. China thanked the Costa Rican side for adhering to the one-China policy on Taiwan, Tibet and other issues. Despite the differences in national conditions, the two countries have many common or similar goals on national construction and other issues and their respective development strategies have provided new opportunities for both sides to expand cooperation. China is ready to work with Costa Rica to further strengthen friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation in various fields to push the Sino-Costa Rican relations to a new level.

On parliamentary exchanges, Wu said the exchanges and cooperation between the legislative bodies is an important part of bilateral relations. Healthy and stable development of China-Costa Rica relations is inseparable from the strong support and active participation of both peoples from all walks of life including parliamentarians. Wu said the two countries' increasing parliamentary exchanges and cooperation played an important role in the development of state relations. Wu said the NPC attached great importance to cooperating with the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. The NPC is ready to conduct multi-level exchanges in broader areas with the assembly on the existing sound basis, according to Wu. Both sides should give full play to the role of the parliamentary friendship group, and make greater contributions to enhancing the friendship between the two peoples and promoting the all-round development of state relations.

Chinchilla said through this visit, she has gained a more in-depth understanding of Chinese history and culture and found a meeting point of bilateral cooperation. China has taken a successful path of development and made remarkable achievements. The Costa Rican side admires these achievements and is willing to actively learn from China's successful experience. Though the two countries established diplomatic relations not long ago, bilateral ties have entered a mature stage of development. The two sides have maintained good momentum of cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, education and culture, and conducted fruitful cooperation in infrastructure construction. The Costa Rican side attaches importance to parliamentary exchanges between the two countries, and hopes to strengthen the exchange of visits between parliamentarians to promote mutual understanding between the two peoples.

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