LIMA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping met President of Peruvian Congress Luz Salgado here on Monday on boosting legislative cooperation and exchanges in various fields.
Xi recalled the smooth development of China-Peru ties since they forged diplomatic relations 45 years ago, saying the two countries are good friends with mutual trust, and good partners with common development.
The China-Peru comprehensive strategic partnership, which has been enjoying close high-level exchanges, deepening political mutual trust, fruitful practical cooperation and increasing people-to-people communication, continues to grow with new vitality, said Xi.
Noting that the Chinese side has full confidence in a bright future for bilateral ties, the president said China stands ready to work with the Peruvian side to implement the important consensuses and results reached during the visit, lift bilateral relations to a new stage and better serve the well-being of both peoples.
Xi also said the friendly exchanges and cooperation between China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the Peruvian Congress have effectively promoted comprehensive development of bilateral ties.
He called on both countries to improve communication mechanisms between their legislative bodies, enhance friendly exchanges at all levels, boost experience sharing in such fields as legislature, supervision and governance, and enhance communication and coordination in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organization of parliaments of sovereign states, in order to contribute to the healthy and steady development of China-Peru relations.
For her part, Salgado welcomed Xi's visit to Peru while highlighting the two countries' traditional friendship.
Expressing admiration for China's development achievements, Salgado said the Peruvian Congress attaches great importance to nurturing Peru-China relations and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with China's NPC.
She also vowed to enhance cooperation with China on infrastructure construction, knowledge and technology transfer and youth, so as to advance the development of Peru-China comprehensive strategic partnership.
Xi also delivered a speech at the Peruvian Congress. The Chinese president kicked off his first state visit to the Latin American country after attending the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in Lima.