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The visit of President Enrique Peña Nieto to China underscores the interest of Mexico in Asia-Pacific
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The visit of President Enrique Peña Nieto to China underscores the interest of Mexico in Asia-Pacific

April 11th, 2013

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, visited China from the 5th to the 7th April to boost the political dialogue with one of its strategic partners, and to encourage the economic and cultural ties between the two countries. He was accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera; the Minister of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña.

On the 6th April President Peña Nieto traveled to Sanya, Hainan Province, to meet for the first time with the President of China, Xi Jinping. He expressed that Mexico considers its relationship with China a high priority, and therefore the Mexican government is interested in beginning a new stage of understanding. One of the aims of this official visit was to agree on a strategic agenda to mark the route of the relationship for the coming years, taking advantage of the relatively simultaneous beginnings of their administrations.

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Mexico is interested in exploring the potential for the mutual benefit of both parts in areas of trade, investment and tourism.  Considering that Asia-Pacific will set the economic pace during the 21st century, Mexico aspires to deepen its partnership with Asia, where some of the most dynamic economies are located and have become a real engine of growth and innovation.

In the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, President Peña Nieto met with Chief Executive CY Leung and declared Mexico’s interest in deepening the economic relations with Hong Kong and strengthening collaboration opportunities to foster growth.

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President Peña Nieto also attended a meeting in Hong Kong with businesspeople and monetary and financial authorities, where he highlighted Mexico’s comparative advantages, opportunities and enormous potential resulting from the structural reforms initiated by his government that will increase the competition and productivity. The President of Mexico declared the importance to strengthen ties with Hong Kong, which is one of the world’s most important financial and business centers.

In Hainan, President Peña Nieto attended the Annual Conference 2013 of the Boao Forum for Asia, regarded as the most prestigious forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas in the region, known as the “Chinese Davos,” bringing together this year political and economic leaders, academics and entrepreneurs like he Presidents of Mexico and Peru, Christine Lagarde, George Soros, Bill Gates and the President of Peru.

During the Conference President Peña Nieto delivered an address at the opening session and was one of the speakers at the session on “Latin America: Transformation of the New Continent”, occasion when he reaffirmed Mexico as an emergent economy that is open and reliable to investors, and shared his experience on transformation and innovation, and the development of Mexico.

 


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