China's top political adviser Jia Qinglin's trip to Italy, Costa Rica and Argentina has boosted bilateral ties between China and the three nations, according to a senior official.
Jia's trip enhanced friendship, expanded consensus, deepened cooperation and sought common development, Wang Shenghong, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) said Wednesday.
Wang, who accompanied Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, said it was the first time a CPPCC leader visited Costa Rica and Argentina, and was also the first trip by a top political adviser to Italy in 14 years.
Jia, during his tour from late November to early December, met government and parliament leaders of the three nations, exchanging views on bilateral ties and global and regional issues of common concern, Wang said, adding Jia also briefed the leaders on the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress, which was concluded last month.
The trip bore great significance in introducing the spirit of China's CPC congress to the international community, showcasing the country's good image of peaceful development, boosting the comprehensive and in-depth development of bilateral ties between China and the nations, and raising China's cooperation level with European and Latin American countries, Wang said.
Strenghthening friendship, boosting mutual trust
Applauding the development of bilateral ties between China and the three nations, Jia told the three nations' leaders that his country attached great importance to developing relationships with their nations.
China was willing to continue high-level exchanges, enhancing political mutual trust, promoting pragmatic cooperation, intensifying people-to-people exchanges and strengthening coordination on world and regional issues with them, so as to boost the comprehensive and in-depth development of bilateral ties, Jia said.
When meeting with parliament leaders of the three nations, Jia said the CPPCC, an important part of China's politics, was willing to maintain communication with its counterparts at various levels and through all channels so as to promote mutual understanding, broaden consensus and contribute to the development of bilateral relations.
In Italy, Jia said China and Italy were traditional friends. The two sides adhered to the principle of mutual understanding, respecting each other on issues of core concerns.
The two countries, both at a new stage of socioeconomic development, had the will and confidence to further cement bilateral ties, Jia said, urging the two sides to expand and deepen their cooperation in various fields.
He also expressed hope Italy, as an important European Union (EU) member, could contribute more to the sound and healthy development of EU-China relations.
For their part, the Italian leaders said they had reached a consensus to develop closer ties with China, pledging to continue promoting the in-depth development of Italy-China and EU-China ties.
In Costa Rica, Jia said he believed China and Costa Rica could set an example for cooperation between countries of different size and national situation, while Costa Rican leaders expressed willingness to make joint efforts with China to deepen friendship and enhance communication and cooperation.
In Argentina, Jia said, as both China and Argentina were developing countries and emerging markets, it was of great significance for them to promote the comprehensive and in-depth strategic partnership in the new global environment. He called on both sides to cooperate closely in a bid to safeguard the interests of developing nations.
The Argentine leaders said it was in the interests of the two countries to further strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership, adding Argentina would continue to adhere to the one-China policy and hoped to further expand bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and strengthen coordination on multilateral issues.
Economic and trade cooperation was an important part and a major provider of momentum to China's bilateral relationships with the three nations. These years, economic and trade cooperation between China and the three nations had maintained a good trend for development.
When meeting with the leaders and businessmen of the three nations, Jia said, in the current circumstances where the world's economic recovery was slowing and instability and uncertain factors increasing, they should continue to make the most of themselves, explore their potential, deepen cooperation, promote economic and social development and make contributions to the strong, balanced and sustainable development of the world's economy.
He also made concrete suggestions on promoting economic and trade cooperation with the three countries and in other areas.
In Italy, Jia said he hoped Italian investors would intensify their investment in the inland area of China's central and western regions, and in the field of sustainable development, such as energy saving and environmental protection among others.
He said the two sides should deepen the communication and cooperation of small and middle sized enterprises, lay emphasis on the infrastructure construction, and further strengthen cooperation in the fields of clean energy, innovative design, goods communication and service outsourcing.
In Costa Rica, Jia said the two sides should further expand trade volume, enhance the level of cooperation and promote trade diversification. The two countries should continue to strengthen their cooperation in such domains as energy, infrastructure, investment and finance, he added.
In Argentina, Jia said the two countries should actively push mutually beneficial cooperation in key areas, such as energy, electric power, infrastructure, finance and agriculture, and achieve common development.
Jia also communicated with Chinese enterprises in Argentina about their local operation. He encouraged the enterprises to carefully study and implement the spirit of the 18th CPC National Congress, speed up their steps of "going global," strengthen their ability in international business, use their complementary advantages, stick to the strategy of mutual benefits and wins for all, and make contributions to deepening China-Argentina economic and trade cooperation with mutual benefits.
All of the three countries' leaders said the continuous, fast and stable development of the Chinese economy brought an important opportunity for their nations and the world. They said they were willing to continue to promote their economy and trade, as well as investment cooperation with China, and welcomed Chinese enterprises to invest there. They would like to provide convenience and help to them.
When meeting with leaders and personalities from all sectors in the three countries, Jia gave a full and deep introduction to the spirit and profound significance of the 18th CPC National Congress, emphasizing the CPC and the Chinese people would remain committed to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and strive to achieve the goal of building a well-off society.
China would continue to devote efforts to supporting world peace and common development, he said.
The leaders of the three countries spoke highly of the significance of the 18th CPC congress.
Jia met with local Chinese organizations, overseas Chinese and representatives of exchange students, and conveyed greetings from the Chinese people.
He introduced China's current domestic situation and related policies to them, and encouraged overseas Chinese to carefully research and study the successful experiences and measures of local economic and social development.
Jia also encouraged overseas Chinese to make new contributions to China's economic and social development, as well as the peaceful reunification of the motherland and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Jia Qinglin concludes goodwill foreign visits
Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin flew back to Beijing on Wednesday afternoon after concluding his official goodwill visits to Italy, Costa Rica and Argentina.
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, visited the three countries between Nov. 27 and Dec. 12.
He made the visits at the invitation of the governments of Italy and Costa Rica, and Argentine Vice President and President of the Senate Amado Boudou.