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Chinese vice president concludes official visit to Colombia
www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-17 22:56:27   Print

    BOGOTA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping left here Tuesday morning for Venezuela, winding up his official visit to Colombia.

    On Monday, Xi held talks with Hernan Andrade, president of both the Colombian Congress and the Senate, and German Varon, president of the Chamber of Representatives.

    He called for legislatures of China and Colombia to enhance exchanges to promote bilateral ties between the two countries.

    Both Andrade and Varon said the Colombian parliament will spare no efforts to promote bilateral relations.

    Colombia is impressed by the great achievement in China's modernization, they said. "It has set a good example for the whole world."

    Xi also met with his Colombian counterpart Francisco Santos Monday, and the two agreed that bilateral cooperation should be strengthened.

    Xi said China and Colombia should continue to deepen their political mutual trust and exert efforts to increase cooperation in terms of commerce and investment.

    On the development of the bilateral relationship, he said the two governments have attached great importance to the development of the ties and are determined to further strengthen their cooperation.

    Santos, for his part, said Colombia attaches great importance to the Colombia-China relations.

    He said Colombia's economic development and large-scale infrastructure construction provide Chinese entrepreneurs with great opportunities.

    Santos reaffirmed that Colombia will continue to adhere to the one-China policy.

    After the meeting, the Chinese and Colombian vice presidents attended the signing ceremony for several agreements on cooperation in the fields of economy, technology and finance.

    At a breakfast meeting Sunday morning with entrepreneurs from both Colombia and China, Xi proposed a beautiful future for China-Colombia mutually beneficial cooperation.

    He also announced that Colombia has been listed as the sixth tourism destination for Chinese citizens in South America.

    Xi flew into the Colombian capital city from the northern port city of Cartagena Sunday afternoon.

    In Cartagena, Xi met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on bilateral ties on Sunday morning.

    Noting that next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Colombia, Xi said bilateral ties will enter a mature period when they will enjoy full-scale development.

    He said both sides should seize the opportunity to fully implement their consensus and focus work on the following four fields:

    -- to enhance political mutual trust, deepen sincere friendship and take care of each other's concerns;

    -- to make use of the advantage of mutual complementarity, expand bilateral trade and seek trade balance;

    -- to broaden the field of cooperation, actively explore new fields and new ways of reciprocal cooperation to meet the new demand of joint development;

    -- to encourage investment and cooperation in various forms to promote bilateral pragmatic cooperation. The Chinese government will encourage and support Chinese companies to engage in trade and investment in Colombia.

    Uribe, for his part, said Colombia attaches great importance to its relations with China and has always cherished the friendship with China.

    Xi arrived in Cartagena Saturday afternoon after concluding a visit to Jamaica.

    In a written statement issued upon his arrival at the airport in Cartagena, Xi extended sincere greetings and good wishes from China to the Colombian people.

    Colombia is the third leg of Xi's six-nation tour. The trip has taken already him to Mexico, Jamaica. He will also visit to Venezuela, Brazil and Malta.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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