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China-Latin America ties under B&R Initiative should go beyond commercial cooperation: Costa Rican ambassador

Insights2018-07-11

A Costa Rican ambassador to China expects China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative to boost ties between Latin America and China in many aspects, more than commercial cooperation.Patricia Rodriguez, the ambassador, made the remarks in a recent exclusive interview with the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) in Beijing.She expressed appreciation for great benefits to them brought by the initiative and looked forward closer bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the near future.“We are the real friends of China. China is very generous to the Latin American countries by providing lots of financial support. But I hope the Belt and Road Initiative is not only a commercial thing but also cultural,” she said.Rodriguez also said there are a lot of opportunities in information exchange, technology and scientists between the two countries. “In Costa Rica, there are many well-prepared people in the fields of big data, the Internet and computer. I have very high expectations that many things can be done in these fields,” said the ambassador.She took an example of an ongoing cooperative project.“We are working on collaboration. For example, two universities in China and Costa Rica had an agreement on doing researches in diseases that are infected from animals to human beings. And now the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China has granted six billion yuan to the China Agricultural University to start the project, supporting them to buy the equipment necessary for this kind of research. And both universities will benefit from this,” she said.“We are starting to form a linker in what we can do more easily in exchange among scientists and information of laboratory research. And these do not mean we need to be close. We can be far away and many things can work through various means and there are many possibilities,” she added.Rodriguez last month also attended the signing ceremony of the Constitution Agreement of China Latin-American B&R Study Community (CESLAF), an unofficial cooperation platform between Latin America and China by connecting up the joint efforts from governments, academia, business circle, trade unions and the public, in Beijing.The CESLAF will operate in the form of a think tank, which will focus on a wide range of topics such as enhancing cooperation, connectivity, foreign investment, education, tourism promotion, as well as science and technology.(APD NEWS)

A Costa Rican ambassador to China expects China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative to boost ties between Latin America and China in many aspects, more than commercial cooperation.

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Patricia Rodriguez, the ambassador, made the remarks in a recent exclusive interview with the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) in Beijing.

She expressed appreciation for great benefits to them brought by the initiative and looked forward closer bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the near future.

“We are the real friends of China. China is very generous to the Latin American countries by providing lots of financial support. But I hope the Belt and Road Initiative is not only a commercial thing but also cultural,” she said.

Rodriguez also said there are a lot of opportunities in information exchange, technology and scientists between the two countries. 

“In Costa Rica, there are many well-prepared people in the fields of big data, the Internet and computer. I have very high expectations that many things can be done in these fields,” said the ambassador.

She took an example of an ongoing cooperative project.

“We are working on collaboration. For example, two universities in China and Costa Rica had an agreement on doing researches in diseases that are infected from animals to human beings. And now the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China has granted six billion yuan to the China Agricultural University to start the project, supporting them to buy the equipment necessary for this kind of research. And both universities will benefit from this,” she said.191643324815650045_meitu_1.jpg

“We are starting to form a linker in what we can do more easily in exchange among scientists and information of laboratory research. And these do not mean we need to be close. We can be far away and many things can work through various means and there are many possibilities,” she added.图片1.png

Rodriguez last month also attended the signing ceremony of the Constitution Agreement of China Latin-American B&R Study Community (CESLAF), an unofficial cooperation platform between Latin America and China by connecting up the joint efforts from governments, academia, business circle, trade unions and the public, in Beijing.

The CESLAF will operate in the form of a think tank, which will focus on a wide range of topics such as enhancing cooperation, connectivity, foreign investment, education, tourism promotion, as well as science and technology.

(APD NEWS)

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