Mexico and China reach a 5-year agreement to boost trade
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, concluded on Tuesday a two-day visit to China, with a working meeting with the State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, with whom he agreed to strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership established in 2013 between the two countries.
Chancellors Ebrard and Wang agreed to agree on a roadmap for the next five years that will guide actions aimed at bringing economic relations to their full potential, as well as greater cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, innovation, and cultural relations.
"It is very positive to confirm the shared interest in advancing our strategic partnership, in aligning it with the priorities of both governments, and in ensuring that our work benefits societies," Ebrard said at a joint press conference.
He noted that the recent G20 summit in Japan underscored the need to bring Mexico and China closer together to strengthen their cooperation.
"We have an obligation to work together to meet the great global challenges. We can and must build consensus - for example, on the strengthening of multilateral organizations, progress in the world's climate action, or in which all countries are heard under equal circumstances.
According to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the meeting, both politicians discussed various regional and global issues of common interest including, in the Latin American context, the Pacific Alliance and the next meeting of the China-CELAC Ministerial Forum.
At the time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi extended an invitation through Ebrard to the President of Mexico to visit this Asian nation.
China and Mexico are millenary civilizations and we value independence and autonomy. We must increase communication and intensify cooperation, strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of the two countries, and contribute to the construction of a shared future community for humanity.
"We agree on the importance of diplomacy among Heads of State. We hope that President López Obrador will be able to visit China on a mutually convenient date. We are confident that the contact of the two presidents will foster ties between China and Mexico.
"We are against unilateralism and protectionism. We will promote fair and reasonable global governance. We agree that globalization develops a future of openness, inclusion and mutual benefit," said the Chinese chancellor.