Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa in Beijing on Friday, vowing to boost growth of the two countries' strategic partnership.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa in Beijing on April 6, vowing to boost growth of the two countries' strategic partnership. [Xinhua photo]
"China values its relations with Mexico, and hopes to further strengthen political trust and consolidate the political basis for bilateral relations," Xi told Espinosa, who is in Beijing for the fifth meeting of the China-Mexico Permanent Binational Commission.
Xi said that, amid the complicated international situation and slow recovery of world economy, deepening China-Mexico strategic cooperation is not only conducive to each other's prosperity, but also helps boost developing countries and promote world peace.
Hailing the achievements of bilateral relations since the forging of diplomatic ties 40 years ago, Xi said China-Mexico relations have entered a new stage of rapid growth following the establishment of a strategic partnership in 2003.
The vice president encouraged both sides to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties to enhance cooperation in diversified areas, and promote sustained, healthy and stable growth of relations.
Espinosa said Mexico treasures its strategic partnership with China. She expressed gratitude for China's support for the G20 Summit to be held in Los Cabos, Mexico, in June.
The foreign minister said Mexico is ready to enhance coordination with China and take bilateral cooperation to a new stage.
Earlier in the day, Espinosa and her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi co-chaired the fifth meeting of the China-Mexico Permanent Binational Commission.
They reviewed the progress both countries have made in implementing the joint action plan for 2011 to 2015, which was inked during the fourth meeting two years ago, aiming at cementing bilateral cooperation in all areas.
The two sides signed a series of cooperation agreements including the protection, preservation, return and restitution of cultural properties, and the prevention of theft, excavation and illicit import and export of cultural properties.
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan also met with Espinosa on Friday, and exchanged views with her on the global economic situation and the upcoming G20 Summit.