Beijing, Oct 25 (EFE).- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Colombian counterpart Gustavo Petro announced the elevation of China-Colombia bilateral relations to a “strategic partnership” during a meeting in Beijing, state media reported on Wednesday.
“I am willing to work with you to draw up a blueprint for the development of China-Colombia relations, promote the strategic partnership for the benefit of our two peoples, and inject positive energy into world peace and development,” Xi told Petro during a meeting at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
Xi said that since establishing diplomatic ties in 1980, the bilateral relations between Beijing and Bogota have maintained a “good momentum and development,” marked by “mutual respect and shared benefits.”
The Chinese president emphasized that cooperation between China and Colombia is making “steady progress” in various sectors, with both nations committed to supporting each other’s “fundamental interests.”
Xi also praised Petro for his efforts in fostering peace and development in Colombia.
The leaders were expected to sign multiple cooperation agreements between the two countries.
Petro, who arrived in China on Tuesday for his first state visit since assuming office last year, also met with officials from the China Harbour Engineering Company, which is responsible for constructing Bogota’s first Metro line.
The construction of the Bogota Metro has been marred by years of controversy between the president and Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez.
The upgrade of diplomatic relations between China and Colombia comes in the backdrop of Beijing’s increasing efforts to expand its influence in South and Central America in recent years. EFE