Xi Jinping meets with Ecuadorian President Ricardo Lasso

2022-05-13 0 By

Beijing, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) –Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Ecuadorian President Ricardo Lasso, who is here to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday afternoon.Xi pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic ties more than 40 years ago, bilateral relations have been developing in a sound and stable way.The two countries firmly support each other’s core interests and are good friends of mutual trust.Last year, the two countries worked together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, with bilateral trade growing despite the trend, fruitful cooperation in infrastructure construction, energy, mining and communications, and closer exchanges and cooperation in culture, education and tourism.Today, the two sides issued a joint statement on deepening china-Eritrea comprehensive strategic partnership, which will push china-Eritrea relations into a new stage of development.Xi stressed that the two sides should strengthen strategic communication and coordination and continue to support each other on issues concerning their respective core interests.We should take the opening of fta negotiations as an opportunity to deepen practical cooperation.We will continue to promote high-quality belt and Road cooperation and foster new growth areas such as health, digital and green Silk Roads.China is ready to continue to help Ecuador fight the epidemic and strengthen vaccine cooperation.We hope Ecuador will continue to provide a fair and convenient business environment for Chinese enterprises to invest and operate in Ecuador.China is ready to closely cooperate with Ecuador in international affairs and uphold true multilateralism.We welcome Ecuador to share China’s development opportunities and actively support global development initiatives.Lasso said he would like to thank President Xi Jinping for inviting him to visit China and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, and once again congratulate the Communist Party of China on its centenary.The trip was unforgettable.China is Ecuador’s most important cooperative partner.Cooperation with China is crucial to Ecuador’s economic and social development.Ecuador will never forget that the Chinese government and people extended a valuable helping hand to the Ecuadorian people at the most difficult moment of Ecuador’s fight against COVID-19, making Ecuador one of the countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Latin America, with half of Ecuador’s vaccinations coming from China.China’s assistance to Ecuador and other countries has never attached any political strings.Ecuador attaches great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with China, firmly adheres to the One-China principle and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in trade, investment, energy, infrastructure and communications. Ecuador is ready to take an active part in jointly building the Belt and Road initiative and supports The global development initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping.Following the talks, the two sides issued the Joint Statement between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Ecuador on Deepening China-Ecuador Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and other officials attended the meeting.​