China's FM to co-chair bilateral commission meeting

Updated: 2014-09-29 06:48

By ZHANG YUCHEN(China Daily Latin America)

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A review of progress made on implementing agreements reached in bilateral summits between China and Mexico will be on the agenda when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi co-chairs the sixth meeting of the China-Mexico Bilateral Commission this month.

The agreements were made in summits between Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Xi Jinping in 2013. During his visit to Mexico from Sept 28-30, Yi will share the co-chair duties with Mexico's foreign minister, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña.

The commission meets every two years for a comprehensive review of the Mexico-China bilateral agenda, and last met in Beijing. Yi will be in Mexico from Sept 28-30.

In addition to the commission's plenary sessions, the two foreign ministers will co-chair the meeting of the political affairs subcommittee, where comprehensive discussions will be held on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

During the commission's meeting, more than 30 ministries and government agencies of China and Mexico will meet in four subcommittees and six working groups. They will focus on such areas as economics, scientific and technical cooperation, cultural and educational issues, communications and transport, energy, agriculture, including inspection and quarantine; customs cooperation and social development.

The first meeting of a high-level working group on investment was held in Mexico City in August, under the chairmanship of Luis Videgaray, Mexico's finance minister, and Xu Shaoshi, chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission. Their mandate was to promote investment in key sectors such as tourism, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing, as well as creating financial mechanisms to enhance bilateral investment potential.

On Sept 29, the commission will sign the Final Act of the sixth Meeting of the Permanent Standing Committee China-Mexico, which reflects agreements that have been reached and follow-up actions in the framework of the Mexico-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

Mexico and China established diplomatic relations in 1972 and raised the relationship level to a strategic partnership in 2003. When President Xi visited Mexico last year, relations were put on the higher level of a comprehensive strategic partnership.

The president of Mexico will visit China in November, where he will hold his fourth meeting with Xi. They will review progress on priority issues and set a strategic direction for work to be done in 2015.

China now is Mexico's second-largest trading partner with almost $69 billion in bilateral trade in 2013.