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Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)
[Xinhua: "1st Ld: China, Costa Rica Ink Free Trade Agreement"]
BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) - China and Costa Rica signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) here Thursday to remove trade barriers and enhance bilateral ties, the Ministry of Commerce announced in a statement on its website.
The agreement was the first free-trade pact inked between China and a Central American country, and would help both sides tap into each other's market, as well as other markets in Asia and Central America, it said.
The agreement was signed between Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming …