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Chinese president vows to turn new page on China-Colombia relationship

(Xinhua)

08:40, May 10, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, May 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

BEIJING, May 9 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao on Wednesday vowed to create a fresh start for China-Colombia relations during his meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

"Facts have proven that a cooperative China-Colombia relationship built on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit has broad potential for growth," Hu said.

During the talks with Santos in the Great Hall of the People, Hu put forward a four-point proposal on deepening bilateral relations.

Firstly, Hu said the two countries should strengthen contacts and enhance mutual trust in the political area so as to secure long-term friendship. He said high-ranking officials, government departments, legislatures and political parties of the two countries should strengthen dialogues and exchanges in a bid to better understand and support each other on major issues of their own concern.

Secondly, Hu said the two countries should tap into the potential of mutually beneficial cooperation and jointly achieve common development in the economic area. The two sides should actively explore new ways of deepening economic cooperation, promote growth of trade and two-way investment and expand cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy, mining, water conservation, telecommunications and agriculture.

"The financial institutions of both countries should expand business links and provide financial services for bilateral trade, economic and technological cooperation," Hu said.

Thirdly, Hu said the two countries should enrich the content of people-to-people exchanges so as to deepen friendship. The two sides should adopt various ways to expand cooperation in cultural, educational, broadcasting, TV, film and disaster reduction areas. The two sides should step up friendly contact between young people, non-governmental sectors and local governments by staging a series of exchanging activities.

Fourthly, Hu said, the two countries should strengthen consultation and coordination on international affairs. The two sides should join hands to address global challenges and promote all-round development of bilateral relations.

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