Top Chinese adviser addresses Costa Rican lawmakers on bilateral ties

2012-12-05 09:23:12 GMT2012-12-05 17:23:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SAN JOSE, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese political adviser Jia Qinglin lauded the close bilateral ties when he addressed the Costa Rican legislative assembly here Tuesday.

Addressing a plenary session of the assembly, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said this year marked the fifth anniversary of the establishment of China-Costa Rica diplomatic relations.

The two sides had kept frequent high-level exchanges and deepened political mutual trust since the leaders of the two nations made the historic decision five years ago, Jia said.

As an important country in central America, Costa Rica had played a unique role in Latin American affairs, he said. And China stood ready to make concerted efforts with Costa Rica to lift bilateral cooperation in various areas.

The political adviser made a four-point proposal concerning the future advancement of China-Costa Rica ties.

Firstly, the two countries needed to keep high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual trust and hold close consultations and support each other on major issues concerning their core interests, he said.

Secondly, he said they should boost economic and trade cooperation to achieve common development. China was willing to strengthen cooperation with Costa Rica in areas such as energy, infrastructure, investment and finance.

Thirdly, they should intensify people-to-people exchanges to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples, Jia said. The two sides needed to boost communication and cooperation in such domains as science and technology, tourism, aviation and sports.

Fourthly, the two countries should expand multilateral cooperation so as to safeguard their common interests. They needed to continue to strengthen consultation and dialogue on major international issues, coordinate their positions and jointly safeguard the interests of the two countries as well as other developing countries.

In his speech, Jia also briefed Costa Rican legislators on the 18th national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as well as China's achievements since it adopted the policy of reform and opening-up more than 30 years ago.

Jia arrived in Costa Rica on Monday, the second leg of a three-nation tour. He previously visited Italy and travels to Argentina next.

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