BEIJING - The Bolivian minister of foreign affairs on Tuesday met his Chinese counterpart in Beijing to discuss bilateral ties and speed up preparations for the Bolivian president's visit to China next month.
The meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was the main point on Fernando Huanacuni's agenda during his three-day visit to China, which began on Monday in the central Henan province.
"Few days are left for the visit of President Evo Morales and we have very important expectations about the future because we are moving from bilateral relations to strategic cooperation," Huanacuni said during the meeting with Wang at the Chinese foreign ministry office.
He added that the development of bilateral relations was important for Bolivia, since it involved not just trade agreements but also strategic and geopolitical pacts between the two countries.
"China and Bolivia are good friends and partners. China would like to maintain high-level exchanges with Bolivia to guide the development of bilateral ties, expand practical cooperation and enhance coordination on the international stage," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying after the meeting.
During the meet, the foreign minister stressed that the nature of the bilateral ties was south-south cooperation and both sides were seeking equal and mutually beneficial cooperation, according to the spokesperson.
Hua added that China now wants to explore other areas of cooperation to widen these ties.
In Henan the Bolivian minister visited the famous Shaolin Temple, the cradle of the martial art-form Kung Fu, as he is an ardent practitioner of the sport.
Huanacuni also visited the village of Chenjiagou, where he had studied martial arts and which he later promoted in Bolivia, and met the deputy governor of the province.
"Chenjiagou and Shaolin welcome us like a family and are part of an important facet of my life," Huanacuni said during the meeting with Wang.
The visit comes days after Huanacuni announced that Bolivia would participate in the 1st China International Import Expo in Shanghai from Nov. 5-10, which Beijing aims to convert into one of the biggest economic events in the world.