|Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (back, 2nd R) meets with a delegation of the Quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), led by Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo (back, 2nd L), in Beijing, capital of China, April 4, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
BEIJING, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao Friday met with a delegation of the Quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on seeking closer China-Latin America ties.
Li said China is willing to work with CELAC to push forward the establishment of a comprehensive mechanism of cooperation centered on the China-CELAC forum, and further promote the development of China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership, which features equality, mutual benefit and common development.
He called for more efforts on enhancing both sides' capability to address crisis so as to advance world peace and stability.
The CELAC, established in December 2011, comprises the 33 countries of the western hemisphere with the exception of the United States and Canada.
The Quartet comprises the current rotating chair of the CELAC, its previous rotating chair and its next rotating chair -- Costa Rica, Cuba and Ecuador, respectively -- as well as representatives from the Caribbean Community.
The delegation, led by Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo, also include Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno, and Ecuadorian Deputy Foreign Minister Leonardo Arizaga.
They were here for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.