- Title: CHINA: Costa Rican President Hu Jintao visits
- Date: 16th August 2012
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (AUGUST 16, 2012) (REUTERS) TIAN'AN MEN CHINESE AND COSTA RICAN NATIONAL FLAGS FLYING CHINESE PRESIDENT HU JINTAO AND COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT LAURA CHINCHILLA WALKING ONTO PODIUM HU AND CHINCHILLA HU'S FACE CHINCHILLA'S FACE WELCOME CEREMONY IN PROGRESS VARIOUS OF HONOUR GUARD STANDING TO ATTENTION REFLECTION OF HU AND CHINCHILLA ON MARBLE FLOOR VARIOUS OF HONOUR GUARD SALUTING HU AND CHINCHILLA WALKING OFF PODIUM VARIOUS OF HU AND CHINCHILLA INSPECTING HONOUR GUARD HONOUR GUARDS' HEADS TURNING TO FOLLOW HU AND CHINCHILLA HU AND CHINCHILLA WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 31st August 2012 13:00
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA9HAKJOEH7NDDDFPW6JK2LUE7F
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- Story Text: Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomed his Costa Rican counterpart President Laura Chinchilla with a formal ceremony at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Thursday (August 16), after which the two leaders held talks and a signing ceremony.
Chinchilla arrived in Shanghai on Sunday (August 12) for a week-long visit to China, official agency Xinhua said.
The two sides signed agreements in investment, trade, clean energy, education, agriculture and tourism.
The Costa Rican president have also pledged to improve visa policy for Chinese tourists, Xinhua added.
China and Costa Rica signed a bilateral free trade agreement in April 2010.
Trade between the two countries reached $4.72 billion in 2011, with China as Costa Rica's second largest trade partner.
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