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Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Costa Rican President Arias

On the afternoon of October 24, 2007, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks at the Great Hall of the People with his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias Sanchez in a cordial, friendly atmosphere. They reached broad consensus on developing a lasting, steady, healthy and deep bilateral relationship of friendship and cooperation.

Hu spoke highly of Arias's "important contribution" to the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Costa Rica. Hu said the establishment of such ties had "opened a new chapter for bilateral relations", setting a correct direction for and injecting new vitalities into the development of bilateral ties. The launch and development of China-Costa Rica diplomatic ties conforms to the fundamental interest of both peoples and is also conducive to peace and development of Central America and the world at large, he said. Hu also expressed his appreciation for Costa Rica's adherence to the one-China policy.

Arias said Costa Rica is proud to be the first country in Central America to establish diplomatic relations with China and facts have proved that it is a correct decision and will bring about important opportunities for the development of Costa Rica.

He proposed four aspects of measures to strengthen China-Costa Rica friendship, in order to lay a more solid basis for long-term development of bilateral ties. First, strengthen friendly exchanges of high-level leaders, governmental departments, legislative bodies and political parties in a bid to build mutual understanding and trust. Hu suggested both sides support and coordinate with each other on major issues concerning their respective core interests. Second, expand cooperation on trade, energy, infrastructure construction and investment. The establishment of China-Costa Rica diplomatic ties has removed obstacles to economic and trade exchanges between the two countries. Hu promised that China is willing to import more products from Costa Rica and encourage Chinese enterprises to give priority to Costa Rica when considering places for investment, adding China supports mutually beneficial cooperation between enterprises of the two countries. The president also said that China welcomes Costa Rican enterprises to develop market in China. Third, increase exchanges of personnel and information on culture and education, public health, sports, tourism and journalism. Fourth, maintain consultation and coordination in international and regional organizations, especially on key issues of mutual concern. China appreciates the purposes of "Costa Rica Consensus" raised by President Arias and is ready to work with the international community in an effort to promote the lofty cause of human peace and development, said Hu.

Agreeing with Hu's four-point proposal, Arias said Costa Rica is committed to the country's economic, social and cultural development and hopes to be more integrated into the world economic system. It is important for Costa Rica to develop economic, technological and investment cooperation with China. He expressed his thanks to the Chinese government for providing help and his hope that more Chinese enterprises will invest in Costa Rica and conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with their Costa Rican counterparts.

Arias stressed that Costa Rica adheres to the one-China policy and opposes Taiwan to "join in" the United Nations, saying the "referendum" on UN entry, pushed by the Taiwan authorities, is of great danger and doomed to fail. Hu Jintao expressed appreciation for such a stance.

After the talks, the two leaders attended the signing ceremony of cooperation agreements covering technologies, investment, culture, public health and agriculture.

Prior to the talks, President Hu Jintao hosted a welcoming ceremony for Arias's visit at the Square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Vice-Chairman Cheng Siwei of NPC Standing Committee, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, Vice Chairman Xu Kuangdi of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC), Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang Zhu Peikang, Minister of Culture Sun Jiazheng, Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and Chinese Ambassador to Costa Rica Wang Xiaoyuan attended the ceremony.

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