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China vows stronger ties with Bolivia as President Morales visits


09:06, August 12, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with visiting Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 11, 2011. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao met with visiting Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma on Thursday, respectively, pledging to further cement bilateral cooperation among governments, parliaments and ruling parties.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, extended a warm welcome to Morales -- who will attend the opening ceremony of the 2011 Summer Universiade Friday evening.

Wu hailed the achievements of China-Bolivia relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties 26 years ago, citing enhanced political trust, win-win economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, as well as close coordination in global and regional issues.

"We are satisfied with the progress of the relationship," he added.

Wu said China is glad to see the remarkable achievements Bolivia has made under the leadership of Morales, calling for joint efforts to boost cooperation between the two governments, parliaments and ruling parties.

He also suggested that both sides deepen pragmatic cooperation in trade and cultural areas, share experiences in governance and improve people's livelihoods.

Speaking highly of China's important role in boosting global economic recovery and the country's economic and social development, Morales said Bolivia hopes to learn from China's experience, as well as enhance friendship and pragmatic cooperation with the country.

He welcomed more Chinese enterprises to invest in Bolivia for the benefit of the two peoples.

During the meeting with Morales, Wen Jiabao called on the two countries to continue to strengthen their bilateral cooperation.

China will work closely with Bolivia to expand cooperation in mineral resources exploitation, infrastructure construction and technology, which will promote the two countries' economic development and strengthen Bolivia's self-development capability, Wen said.

Calling China as Bolivia's good friend and important cooperative partner, Morales said Bolivia wants to increase exchanges with the Chinese side so as to gain more experience in national development. He also vowed to expand bilateral economic and technological cooperation.

Morales, who is on his second China visit since being elected Bolivian president in December 2005, arrived in Beijing Wednesday morning.

Before heading for China, Morales said he hoped the visit could promote Bolivia-China relationship, and broaden the bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment and technology transfer.

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