China and Costa Rica have agreed to step up bilateral relations
"to a higher level," vowing to further cooperation in such fields
as trade, investment, technology and tourism.
The consensus was reached in visiting Costa Rican President
Oscar Arias Sanchez's meetings in Beijing Thursday afternoon with
Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao.
The two sides also exchanged views on bilateral relations,
parliamentary cooperation and other regional and international
issues of common concern.
In his meeting with Arias, Wu, Chairman of the Standing
Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), noted that
the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations in June
"follows the international trend, reflects the will of the Costa
Rican people and serves the fundamental interests of the two
nations and two peoples".
Wu said that China and Costa Rica have much in common in
national construction and hold the same views on many international
issues, stressing that China values its ties with Costa Rica and
would make joint efforts with the Costa Rican side to push forward
The top legislator also noted that normalization of the
bilateral diplomatic relations offers opportunities for the NPC and
Costa Rican Legislative Assembly to establish cooperation.
"The NPC is willing to join hands with the Costa Rican
parliament to boost high-level exchanges and cooperation among
various special committees, in an effort to increase bilateral
comprehensive understanding and expand mutual trust", Wu said.
Arias said China plays an increasingly important role in the
world. The development of bilateral relations since June has
already brought benefits to the two sides.
"The successful visit proved to me once again that we have made
the right decision (to establish diplomatic relations with China)",
Arias told Wu.
"Costa Rica hopes and believes China will realize national
reunification," Arias said.
In his meeting with Wen, Arias spoke highly of China's
contribution to the alleviation of world poverty by its own
economic development and rapid growth of its people's living
"China's experience is worth learning", the Costa Rican
He said that Costa Rica has established a sound legal system to
boost foreign investment and the country also enjoys geographic
advantages and high-quality labor force.
"Costa Rica welcomes Chinese enterprises to establish businesses
there," Arias said.
Wen said that the establishment of bilateral relations has laid
a solid foundation for the two countries to further relations.
"I hope the two sides can seize the opportunity to implement
existing agreements and step up cooperation based on the principles
of equality and mutual benefits," Wen said.
"China is full of confidence in the development of bilateral
relations in the future", the Chinese Premier added.
Arias arrived in Beijing on Monday morning, kicking off a
one-week state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese
President Hu Jintao.
Besides the Chinese capital Beijing, Arias is also scheduled to
visit the northwestern city of Xi'an and China's commercial hub
This is the first time for Arias to visit China since he took
office in 2006.
China and Costa Rica posted US$1.56 billion of bilateral trade
in the first seven months of this year, up 61.3 percent
year-on-year. The Chinese side predicted that trade for the whole
of 2007 will reach US$3 billion, up from US$2.16 billion reported
(Xinhua News Agency October 26, 2007)