Top Chinese official visits for three days next week

Jia Qinglin, president of the national committee of the Chinese political consultative conference, will visit Costa Rica from Monday through Wednesday in an effort to strengthen ties between the two countries, said a release.

Jia’s visit follows President Laura Chinchilla’s August visit to China.

At this time he will meet with Ms. Chinchilla, Victor Emilio Granados, legislative president, and Enrique Castillo, the foreign minister, a release said.

Jia has been president of the national committee since 2003. From November 2002 to November 2012 he served as a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party Central Committee, and previously served as mayor of Beijing and as governor of Fujian province.

The Chinese political consultative conference is comprised of representatives of different political and social groups in the People’s Republic of China. It is considered an important part of the Chinese system, and serves as an advisory body.

The president of the committee will also visit Italy and Argentina as part of his tour.

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