Chi­nese FM talks up trade, in­vest­ments

Manila Times - - WORLD REPORT - AFP AFP

SAN JOSÉ: Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi kept his fo­cus on build­ing trade and in­vest­ment ties with Cen­tral Amer­ica dur­ing a visit that started Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila) in Costa Rica.

“We have had 10 years of good co­op­er­a­tion” with Costa Rica, Wang told re­porters dur­ing a sign­ing of a co­op­er­a­tion me­moran­dum with his coun­ter­part, Manuel Gon­za­lez, over­seen by Costa Ri­can Pres­i­dent Luis Guillermo So­lis.

Wang’s talks with Gon­za­lez and So­lis took place as the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil met and con­demned North Korea’s lat­est launch of a bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan. China is North Korea’s sole ally.

In ad­di­tion to dis­cussing bi­lat­eral is­sues, Gon­za­lez said the talks in­cluded “a brief re­view of the sit­u­a­tion in the Korean penin­sula.” He did not elab­o­rate.

Wang de­clined to re­spond to an Agence France-Presse re­porter’s ques­tion on North Korea.

The Chi­nese for­eign min­is­ter

Costa Ri­can For­eign Min­is­ter Manuel Gon­za­les (back), Costa Ri­can Pres­i­dent Luis Guillermo So­lis (R) and Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi (C), are pic­tured be­fore a meet­ing at the Costa Ri­can For­eign Min­istry in San Jose on Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila). was stop­ping in Costa Rica and it has built sev­eral ma­jor projects. Panama on his way to the United The me­moran­dum aims to States, to par­tic­i­pate in the UN deepen that re­la­tion­ship with furGen­eral As­sem­bly in New York. ther de­vel­op­ment of Costa Ri­can He was due to give a speech there in­fra­struc­ture, as well as boost­ing next Thurs­day. trade and cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional

China al­ready has close in­ve­s­tand tourist ex­changes, and coop­er­ment ties with Costa Rica, where at­ing on clean en­ergy.

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