WORLD China, Mexico agree to deepen cooperation

WORLD

China, Mexico agree to deepen cooperation

Xinhua

12:56, October 31, 2021

ROME, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- China attaches great importance to its relations with Mexico and is willing to work with Mexico to push for greater development of China-Mexico ties, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday while meeting his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard.

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China is ready to take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-Mexico diplomatic relations next year as an opportunity to summarize successful experience, plan and envision cooperation in the next 50 years, Wang said.

Under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum of development, Wang said.

The two sides should adhere to mutual respect and support, deepen strategic mutual trust, consolidate cooperation in traditional areas of strength such as agriculture, infrastructure and energy, expand cooperation in emerging industries such as 5G, electric vehicles, digital economy and green development, and cultivate new growth points for practical cooperation, Wang said.

China and Mexico are both major developing countries and emerging economies with important influence, Wang said, adding that China stands ready to strengthen strategic coordination with Mexico under the United Nations and other multilateral frameworks to safeguard the common interests of developing countries as well as international fairness and justice.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has solemnly put forward the Global Development Initiative and China welcomes Mexico's active participation, Wang added.

For his part, Ebrard said that Mexico firmly adheres to the one-China policy and the principle of non-interference in others' internal affairs, and this position will not change.

Mexico is committed to strengthening bilateral relations and is willing to work with China to successfully celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, Ebrard said.

Bilateral cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has been fruitful and Mexico thanks China for providing vaccines and assistance, and hopes that with the support of China, vaccines can be produced in Mexico to help regional countries respond more effectively to the pandemic, Ebrard said.

The two sides have carried out good cooperation in infrastructure and other fields, Ebrard said, adding that while consolidating traditional cooperation, it is also necessary to actively expand new areas of cooperation.

Moreover, Mexico is willing to strengthen coordination on multilateral affairs with China, attaches great importance to the Global Development Initiative proposed by President Xi, and will actively study it, Ebrard said, adding that Mexico welcomes China to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The two sides also exchanged views on China-Latin America cooperation. Wang said that China and Latin America are natural partners and there is great potential for cooperation between the two sides.

The Chinese side is happy to see that Mexico plays an active role in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and is willing to strengthen coordination with Mexico and other Latin American countries, work together to build the China-CELAC Forum, create a platform for enhancing trust, expanding cooperation and promoting growth, so as to inject new momentum into the development of both sides, Wang said.

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