China ready to forge closer, more extensive, deeper partnership with Costa Rica: FM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-17 13:58:11|Editor: Mengjie
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SAN JOSE, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday China is ready to make concerted efforts with Costa Rica to forge a closer, more extensive and deeper strategic partnership, to better benefit the two peoples and make greater contributions to regional peace and stability.

Led by exchanges between the two heads of state, China-Costa Rica ties have seen steady development and fruitful results since the establishment of diplomatic relations a decade ago, Wang said when meeting with his Costa Rican counterpart, Manuel Gonzalez.

Speaking highly of Costa Rica's adherence to the one-China policy, Wang said China is ready to keep enhancing political mutual trust with the Central American country, understanding and supporting each other on issues concerning their core interests.

China welcomes Costa Rica to actively participate in its Belt and Road construction and is ready to strengthen cooperation with the country in six major fields, namely, infrastructure construction, trade, new energy, public security, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and regional affairs, Wang said.

The Chinese foreign minister also called on Costa Rica to play a larger role in the development of relations between China and Latin American countries, especially between China and Central American and Caribbean countries.

For his part, Gonzalez said the strategic partnership based on equality, mutual trust, cooperation and win-win results Costa Rica and China forged in 2015 provides an important opportunity for the two sides to deepen cooperation.

Speaking highly of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Gonzalez said Costa Rica is ready to actively take part in its construction, which will promote the country's own development.

Costa Rica adheres to the one-China principle and will continue to staunchly support China on issues concerning China's core interests, he said.8 Hailing the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Panama, the foreign minister said Costa Rica is willing to explore trilateral cooperation with China and Panama.

Besides, the two foreign ministers also compared notes on global and regional issues of common concern. Before the meeting, Wang and Gonzalez witnessed the signing of an agreement on cooperation on economy and technology and held a joint press conference.

At the press conference, Wang pledged Chinese support for Costa Rica in the development of industries such as solar and wind energies and green vehicle.

Wang also said the Chinese side invites Costa Rica to take part in the China International Import Expo scheduled for next year.