Pres­i­dent calls for en­hanced ties with El Sal­vador

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By MO JINGXI mo­[email protected]­

China and El Sal­vador vowed to strengthen bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture, agri­cul­ture, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy as Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping met with the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try’s Pres­i­dent Nayib Bukele in Beijing on Tues­day.

Xi said that China is will­ing to pro­vide as­sis­tance to El Sal­vador within its abil­ity and wel­comes El Sal­vador to jointly build the Belt and Road and turn the two coun­tries’ com­ple­men­tary ad­van­tages into mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial out­comes.

The es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties be­tween the two coun­tries last year opened the gate of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, con­formed to the trend of his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and ad­dressed the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of both peo­ples, Xi said.

Xi said that Bukele’s de­ci­sion to main­tain and de­velop China-El Sal­vador re­la­tions shows a states­man’s strate­gic in­sight and spirit of re­spon­si­bil­ity, adding that he agrees with his coun­ter­part’s opin­ion that this re­la­tion­ship has a promising fu­ture with bright prospects.

China stands ready to work with El Sal­vador to en­hance mu­tual trust, ex­pand ex­changes and boost co­op­er­a­tion on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and non­in­ter­fer­ence in each other’s in­ter­nal af­fairs, Xi said.

He said that China is will­ing to ex­pand im­ports of more high­qual­ity prod­ucts from El Sal­vador.

China is the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try’s sec­ond-largest source of im­ports. Bi­lat­eral trade vol­ume be­tween the two coun­tries was $1.09 bil­lion last year, ac­cord­ing to the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms.

Xi also called for en­hanced bi­lat­eral ex­changes be­tween all sec­tors of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing leg­is­la­tion, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, lo­cal gov­ern­ments, busi­ness and me­dia.

He said China wel­comes peo­ple from all walks of life in El Sal­vador to visit China and strengthen peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes to push for the long-term, sound and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties.

Bukele said he be­lieves that cul­ti­vat­ing re­la­tions with a great coun­try and a sin­cere friend like China will bring op­por­tu­ni­ties for his coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment as well as con­crete ben­e­fits to its peo­ple.

Bukele said he hopes to learn from

Xi’s ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­er­nance, and he will work hard to de­velop longterm friendly re­la­tions with China.

His coun­try fully abides by the one-China prin­ci­ple and sup­ports China in its ef­fort to re­al­ize peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion, he added.

Pres­i­dent Xi held a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for Bukele be­fore their meet­ing.

Af­ter the meet­ing, the two lead­ers wit­nessed the sign­ing of sev­eral co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments. The two coun­tries also is­sued a joint state­ment.

Ear­lier on Tues­day, Premier Li Ke­qiang met with Bukele and urged both sides to jointly up­hold the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and ex­pand win-win co­op­er­a­tion.

Bukele’s six-day visit, which ends on Fri­day, will also take him to Shang­hai.


Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping ac­com­pa­nies El Sal­vador’s Pres­i­dent Nayib Bukele dur­ing a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Beijing on Tues­day.

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