Costa Rica, China sign cooperation agreements


June 1, 2013

China’s President Xi Jinping and Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla on Monday signed 13 bilateral agreements during a meeting held at Casa Presidencial in southeastern San José.

Xi arrived in Costa Rica Sunday at 7:45 p.m. as part of a Latin American tour that also includes Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico.

Among the major agreements is a loan of $400 million for the expansion of Route 32 that connects the capital with the Caribbean province of Limón, a donation of $25 million for the construction of a national police academy, and another gift of computers for public schools.

Other cooperation agreements will facilitate projects in tourism, education, energy and commerce.

One of the agreements signed Monday will allow the export of dairy products to China. Costa Rican company Dos Pinos will send a first shipment in coming weeks to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Chongqing.

A group of 30 officials of the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) will travel to Beijing in coming days to receive training for three months at China’s University of Petroleum.

Monday’s schedule also includes a meeting with lawmakers at the Legislative Assembly, while First Lady Peng Liyuan will visit the National Children’s Hospital in the capital. In the evening the presidential couple will visit a Costa Rican middle-class family dedicated to coffee farming.

This is the second visit by a Chinese president to Costa Rica since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in June 2007.

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