LIMA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- China is ready to jointly work with Peru to advance their strategic partnership, a senior Chinese political advisor said here Tuesday.
Du Qinglin, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks while meeting with Daniel Abugattas, president of the Peruvian Congress.
Since the two countries established diplomatic relations, Du said, the China-Peru friendship has withstood various tests, with high-level mutual visits, two-way trade and people-to-people exchanges increasing steadily.
As China and Peru are both developing countries and have extensive common interests, China is willing to be Peru's good friend and partner forever, Du said.
Meanwhile, he added that the CPPCC would like to boost exchanges with the Peruvian Congress and play a positive part in promoting the friendship between the two nations.
Abugattas, for his part, hailed the sound development of bilateral relations, and expressed the hope that the two sides will enhance cooperation in such areas as politics and culture in addition to economic and trade exchanges.
He also conveyed the wish that China's economy will maintain sustained growth, saying that this will benefit not only the Chinese people but also people across the world.
China and Peru established strategic partnership in November 2008, when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the South American country.
Du, who is heading a Chinese delegation, arrived in Lima on Monday after having visited Costa Rica.