Chinese President xi jinping held a ceremony at the square outside the east gate of the great hall of the people on Monday afternoon to welcome Colombian President Ivan duque marquez on his state visit to China.

Yang jiechi, member of the political bureau of the CPC central committee and director of the office of the central committee on foreign affairs, zhang chunxian, vice chairman of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, wang yongqing, vice chairman of the CPPCC national committee and he lifeng attended the welcoming ceremony.

Duke was accompanied by the minister of foreign affairs, the ambassador to China, the minister of trade, industry and tourism.

Military bands played the national anthems of Colombia and China.A salute of 21 guns was fired.

Duke, accompanied by xi jinping, inspected the honor guard of the people’s liberation army.

The two heads of state returned to the reviewing stand to watch the march-past of the honor guard.

Afterwards, the military band performed a marching and blowing performance.

Duke is paying a state visit to China at the invitation of xi jinping.

After the welcoming ceremony, President xi jinping held talks with duke at the great hall of the people.

Xi pointed out that 40 years ago, the Colombian government judged the situation and decided to establish diplomatic ties with China. The President’s father was a member of the government at that time and firmly supported this decision, witnessing the launch of bilateral relations.Today, the baton of china-colombia relations is passed to you and me.I highly appreciate your specific visit to China, which shows your active commitment to deepening china-colombia traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation.China is ready to work with costa rica to draw up a blueprint for future development and take china-costa rica relations to a new level on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Xi stressed that China and Colombia should maintain close high-level exchanges, exchange experience in governance, deepen political mutual trust and enhance mutual understanding and support.China will continue to support Colombia in advancing the peace process and post-conflict reconstruction.We need to tap the potential of bilateral practical cooperation, consolidate cooperation in traditional areas and explore new areas.China welcomes costa rica’s participation in the “One Belt And One Road” initiative to align our development strategies.We need to promote exchanges and cooperation in judicial and cultural fields, bring people closer to each other, and consolidate the foundation for friendship.We should jointly uphold the existing international system with the United Nations at its core, advance reform of the global governance system, and make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and win-win for all.

He pointed out that Latin American and Caribbean countries have huge development potential and broad prospects and are important forces that cannot be ignored in the international landscape.China always respects the right of Latin American people to independently choose the development path, supports Latin American integration process, properly handles venezuela and other regional issues through dialogue and consultation, and maintains regional peace and stability.China will continue to play its role in promoting peace talks and maintain communication with costa rica.In essence, china-latin America cooperation belongs to south-south cooperation, which is based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, win-win cooperation, openness and inclusiveness.China is ready to work with Latin America and the Caribbean to advance the BBS mechanism and build a china-latin America community of Shared future.

Duke expressed warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.I admire President xi jinping’s outstanding leadership and important international influence, and hope to learn from China’s experience in governance.Colombia and China will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. I hope this visit will further promote bilateral relations and promote bilateral cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, energy, infrastructure, connectivity, digital economy and creative industries. I welcome Chinese enterprises to invest in Colombia.It is believed that each bilateral cooperation project will support Colombia’s peace process and contribute to Colombia’s economic and social development.The “One Belt And One Road” initiative proposed by President xi jinping is of great significance to promoting world connectivity and international cooperation. Colombia is ready to take an active part in joint efforts and looks forward to better guiding future cooperation between the two countries through synergizing their development strategies.Costa rica attaches importance to and hopes that China will continue to play a constructive role in international and regional affairs and is ready to maintain communication with China.Costa rica is ready to make positive efforts for the development of bilateral relations.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation documents.

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