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Tuesday May 21, 2013

Mexican Officials Meet with Chinese Hoping Expand Relations

Mexican Officials Meet with Chinese Hoping Expand Relations

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Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade met with Chinese officials on Monday in Beijing to discuss how the two countries can expand bilateral relations.

The visit was designed to follow up on the meeting in April between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Boao Forum, known as the “Asian Davos,” Meade told Efe.

“What we want is that a dialgoue that got off to a good start, in which the two countries expressed support for the idea of strengthening it, continues,” Meade said.

The two countries identified “areas of opportunity” in the agriculture, tourism and trade sectors in April, but Mexico is seeking to continue the dialogue and give it a “rhythm so that the intentions that were expressed will result in concrete opportunities in these areas,” the foreign relations secretary said.

“What we want is that a dialgoue that got off to a good start, in which the two countries expressed support for the idea of strengthening it, continues,” Meade said.

The two countries identified “areas of opportunity” in the agriculture, tourism and trade sectors in April, but Mexico is seeking to continue the dialogue and give it a “rhythm so that the intentions that were expressed will result in concrete opportunities in these areas,” the foreign relations secretary said.

Meade met with state councilor Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials during his visit to Beijing.

The foreign relations secretary’s delegation included officials from several other Cabint departments, as well as representatives of state-owned oil giant Pemex, Bancomext and Promexico, among other organizations.

Even though Mexico City and Beijing have expressed a willingness to expand bilateral relations, the balance of trade still heavily favors China, and the Asian giant sells Mexico 10 times more than it buys from the North American country.