Costa Rican president hails ties with China "highly positive"

13:02, May 08, 2010      

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Outgoing Costa Rican President Oscar Arias on Friday hailed the relations between his country and China as "highly positive."

"It has been a highly positive tie in all the aspects," Arias said after meeting with Li Bin, minister in charge of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission.

Arias said that China was Costa Rica's second biggest trading partner, adding he was very glad that Costa Rica's congress had approved the free trade accord between the two nations, which was signed in April.

Arias, who will end his second term as president on Saturday, also voiced his gratitude to China for helping build a new national stadium in the central American country, saying Costa Rica would not forget China's generosity.

Laura Chinchilla was elected as the first female president in Costa Rica early this year.

Li, who is here to attend Chinchilla's swearing-in ceremony Saturday as a special envoy of the Chinese government, said that bilateral ties had been growing rapidly in various aspects since the two nations forged diplomatic ties three years ago.

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