Lawmakers give initial OK to trade treaty with China

Legislators approved on first reading Thursday the proposed Costa Rica-China free trade treaty.

Some officials are anxious to pass the agreement before the official opening of the soccer stadium that China constructed. The vote Thursday was 42 to 11.

One critic was Luis Fishman of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana and a former presidential candidate. He said that a democratic country like Costa Rica should not have a free trade pact with a country like China that does not respect human rights and prohibited its people from thinking freely.

The treaty will have to be voted on one more time but before then the Sala IV constitutional court will get a chance to review the document. That is a routine review.

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