SAN JOSE, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Monday that his visit to Austria, Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica was a great success.
During an interview with Xinhua, Yang said that after his visit to Austria he felt that the country cherishes a tremendous zeal to develop China-Austria ties.
Both countries will hold a series of celebration activities next year to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, the minister said, expressing his belief that bilateral relations will continue to move forward in the next 40 years.
During the visit, Yang met Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Werner Faymann and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger.
The minister said his visit to Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica aims at boosting understanding, strengthening friendship, expanding consensus, promoting cooperation, and pushing forward China's ties with them.
He compared a lot of notes and reached a lot of consensus with leaders and foreign ministers of the three Latin American countries on the international financial crisis, international financial mechanism reforms, climate change and the UN Millennium Development Goals, among other major international and regional issues.
During his visit to Mexico, Yang, together with his Mexican counterpart, presided over the fourth meeting of the China-Mexico Permanent Binational Commission, a high-level platform for the two countries to discuss cooperation in various fields.
The two countries also signed the Common Action Plan for 2011-2015 and other documents, charting a new course for their mid- and long-term cooperation.
Yang said China and Cuba are good friends, comrades and brothers, adding that Cuba was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with China.