On April 6, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto in the southern Chinese city of Sanya. The two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on Sino-Mexican relations and issues of common concern and reached broad consensus.
Xi said Mexico, with a long history and huge potential for development, plays an increasingly important role in international and regional affairs, adding bilateral ties have made substantial progress. The two economies have different features. Both China and Mexico are experiencing an important stage of development and there is a sound foundation for the two countries to strengthen the bilateral partnership, Xi said. China always attaches importance to developing Sino-Mexican relations from a strategic height and is willing to work with Mexico to focus on efforts in the following areas.
First, deepen the strategic mutual trust between the two countries. "The two sides should support each other's development, especially on the issues concerning the other's core interests," Xi said. They should maintain high-level exchanges and communications between their political parties and legislative institutions, the Chinese president added. Moreover, Xi called on the two sides to make the best use of the cooperation mechanisms between the two countries, such as the China-Mexico permanent binational commission and strategic dialogues, to coordinate the two countries' respective development strategies.
Second, promote mutual benefits. He urged efforts to tap potential, optimize the structure of trade between China and Mexico, promote mutual investments, provide policy and financing support and enhance cooperation in infrastructure construction, energy and mining, in order to open up new cooperation areas, resolve relevant issues through mutually beneficial cooperation and secure a balanced growth of bilateral trade.
Third, enhance cultural communications. Only by taking deep roots in both peoples, can the China-Mexico friendship grow and prosper. Xi said that efforts should be made to encourage exchanges between all the social sectors of both countries and enhance the cooperation in the fields of culture, education, science and technology, tourism and health. Exchanges among the press, sports circles and academia, as well as communication among the youth of the two nations and at local levels, should also be enhanced, Xi suggested.
Fourth, keep closer multilateral coordination. Xi underlined efforts to intensify consultations and collaborations within the framework of multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations, the G20, the World Trade Organization and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. The two countries should make joint efforts in protecting the rights and interests of developing countries and promote democracy in international relations, Xi said.
Pena Nieto said the two countries share fraternal friendship. The Mexican government highly appreciates the progress China has achieved in its development and the contributions it has made to the world, he said. China is a strategic partner of Mexico and developing relations with China is critical to the country. He said the purpose of his current visit is to learn from China's experience, strengthen the friendship and cooperation and seek common development. Mexico is willing to maintain institutionalized exchanges and dialogues with China, deepen the political mutual trust and expand Mexico-China cooperation in trade, energy, mining, investments and culture. Moreover, Mexico is ready to join hands with China in handling global challenges and advancing the bilateral relations between the two countries as well as cooperation among Latin American and Asian countries.
Prior to the talks, Xi held a welcome ceremony for Pena Nieto’s visit. President Xi’s wife Peng Liyuan as well as Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu and Yang Jiechi attended the ceremony.