Thursday, November 15, 2007

Chinese, Costa Rican legislators conclude first official exchange

Chinese and Costa Rican legislators concluded their first official exchange in San Jose yesterday since the two countries established diplomatic ties in June.

A Chinese legislators' delegation led by Jiang Enzhu, director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), paid a four-day visit to Costa Rica, and held talks with congress president Francisco Antonio Pacheco (pictured) and Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno.

Speaking highly of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez's October visit to China, Jiang expressed his appreciation for the Costa Rican government and congress's decision to establish diplomatic ties between the two countries.

He said China is willing to make joint efforts with Costa Rica to promote their practical cooperation and implement the consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Arias and the agreements signed by the two countries.

The NPC attaches great importance to developing friendly exchanges with the Costa Rican congress at all levels and in all fields, he said.

Pacheco said the Costa Rican congress firmly supports the government's decision to open diplomatic ties with China, saying the move is in the interests of both countries and peoples.

Stagno, on his part, expressed his satisfaction with the development of bilateral ties, saying President Arias' successful China tour, which has attracted wide attention both in and out of the country, bore out the fact that establishing diplomatic ties is the right thing that should be done.

Both Pacheco and Stagno said the Taiwan issue is China's domestic affair and the trend of China's reunification is irreversible.

They said the Costa Rican government and congress will stick to the one-China policy, vowing not to have any official exchanges with Taiwan.

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