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Ambassador to Mexico Qiu Xiaoqi Pays Friendly Visit to Former Mexican President Luis Echeverría

(From Chinese Embassy in Mexico)

2014/02/25

February 14, 2014 marks the 42th anniversary of the establishment of China-Mexico diplomatic relationship as well as the day of Lantern Festival in China's lunar New Year. H.E. Qiu Xiaoqi, Chinese Ambassador to Mexico, together with his wife Liu Min, paid a special visit to Luis Echeverría, the 92-year-old former President of Mexico.

Ambassador Qiu extended his sincere greetings and conveyed Chinese people's best wishes to President Echeverría. Ambassador Qiu indicated that, on February 14th 42 years ago, President Echeverría and the older generation of Chinese leaders made the decision to formally establish diplomatic relations with great vision and foresight of statesmen, thus opened a new chapter for China-Mexico relations. Chinese people will always remember his historical feats to China-Mexico friendship and great contribution to China-Mexico cooperation. Over the 42 years, China and Mexico have made substantial headway in exchanges and cooperation in all fields such as politics, economy and trade, culture and education. Especially since last year, China-Mexico relations have improved with a high speed, presenting an inspiring momentum of development. President Xi Jinping and President Enrique Pena Nieto exchanged visits and held several meetings, raising China-Mexico relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership with bilateral practical cooperation in all fields continuously yielding results. He believed that with the attention of friends from all walks of life including former President Echeverría, China-Mexico comprehensive strategic partnership will be further strengthened and developed.

Ambassador Qiu shows President Echeverría his pictures photographed when he visited China.

Echeverría extended gratitude to the special visits of Ambassador Qiu and his wife. He happily recalled the establishment of Mexico-China diplomatic relationship and his visit to China. He said that he always keeps in heart the Mexico-China friendship and pays much attention to China and the development of bilateral relations. China has realized remarkable and admirable development achievements. And no country in history has ever made such a great development achievement like China has done in just a few decades. He is glad and satisfied to see the rapid development of Mexico-China relations and the continuous deepening of bilateral cooperation over the 42 years. He wishes Mexico-China friendly relations will be handed down from generation to generation and the practical cooperation can achieve fruitful outcomes.

Ambassador Qiu presents his calligraphy-Yin Shui Si Yuan (means April showers bring may flowers) to the former President.

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