Colombian president-elect, Chinese envoy vow to advance bilateral ties

09:35, August 08, 2010      

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Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos met Friday with Chinese Justice Minister Wu Aiying, and both sides reaffirmed the need to expand bilateral cooperation.

At the invitation of the Colombian government, Wu is here to attend Santos' presidential inauguration ceremony on Saturday as a special envoy of the Chinese government.

During the meeting, the president-elect said Colombia is pleased to see the remarkable achievements China has made in the past three decades and also wishes to learn from China's experience in national development.

Colombia-China relations have become ever closer in recent years and Colombia's new administration and himself attach great importance to developing ties with China, Santos said, adding that Colombia is ready to work with China to enhance exchanges and cooperation in various areas and promote common development.

He said the economies of Colombia and China are highly complementary and there is a huge potential for bilateral economic cooperation. More Chinese entrepreneurs are welcomed to invest in Colombia and more Chinese tourists are welcomed to visit the country, he said.

Wu said the Colombian government has long been making great efforts to maintain the country's stability, develop its economy and improve the people's living standards, and the Latin American country is playing an active role in international and regional affairs. China wishes the Colombian government and its people every success in their country's economic and social development.

Wu said relations between the two countries have developed smoothly since the establishment of diplomatic ties 30 years ago. In recent years in particular, thanks to efforts from both sides, remarkable progress has been made in the development of bilateral ties, with mutual political trust growing steadily and cooperation of mutual benefit becoming more fruitful, she said.

The two countries have also maintained good cooperation in international affairs, she added.

China attaches great importance to developing its relations with Colombia, Wu said. China is ready to work with Colombia to enhance mutual political trust, deepen economic cooperation and further promote exchanges and cooperation in such areas as justice, education, health, tourism and science and technology, so as to promote the sound and fast development of the friendly relations between the two countries, she said.

Source: Xinhua


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