1,000 law officers to guard Chinese president during visit

Law enforcement expects to have 1,000 persons in the streets when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits early next week.

The Chinese leader will arrive at Juan Santamaría airport Sunday at 8 p.m., according to a schedule announced Thursday. Like Barack Obama, the Chinese president and his wife, Peng Liyuan, will stay at the Hotel Intercontinental in Escazú. The couple will be accompanied by 11 high ranking Chinese officials, said the government here.

A.M. Costa Rica incorrectly reported Thursday that the Chinese president would arrive Friday.

Costa Rican officials noted Thursday that the visit comes on the sixth anniversary of the country establishing diplomatic relations with the Asian giant.

Paseo Colon and Avenida Segunda will be closed to traffic from 11 p.m. Sunday until 8 p.m. Monday, security officials said.

The Chinese delegation leaves Tuesday morning. Public employees are getting a holiday in San José, Montes de Oca and Goicoechea.

Later in the day the visitors meet with legislators and then with Johnny Araya, the mayor of San José. In the afternoon the Chinese president will travel to a farm house because he has said he wanted to see how a representative Costa Rican family lives. The location has not been disclosed.

President Chinchilla will host a state dinner at the Teatro Nacional at 7 p.m.

Costa Rican officials are expecting to sign several agreements with the Chinese and seek funds for various projects.

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