Posted by Toni Peters on Nov 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Colombian officials visit China to discuss bilateral relations

German Chica, Wang Lequan

A Colombia study group headed by a senior government official met Tuesday with a member of China’s ruling party to discuss bilateral relations, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.

German Chica, Colombia’s senior adviser for political affairs, heads the study group which met with Wang Lequan, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, to discuss relations between the two countries.

Lequan, who is also deputy secretary the Chinese Communist Party’s Political Science and Law Committee, spoke of the frequent high-level exchanges on matters such as science and culture, the rapid development of bilateral economic and trade relations, and close coordination on political affairs.

Chica said the political parties of the Colombian coalition will continue to strengthen exchanges with the Chinese government and to further bilateral cooperation.

Chica also congratulated the Communist Party of China on the 90th anniversary of its founding.

The study group is composed of members Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ ruling coalition and is visiting the Asian superpower from November 14 to 24 on the invitation of the Chinese government’s international department.

In September, a Colombian economist and diplomat said he expected negotiations on a Colombia, China free trade agreement to begin soon.