Jiang Zemin

Jiang Mexico trip to focus on trade

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 December, 1997, 12:00am


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President Jiang Zemin is due to begin his official visit to Mexico today with special emphasis on trade and co-operation.

The visit will start with a welcoming ceremony at a military parade ground followed by talks with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo in the presidential palace.

The two presidents are expected to sign co-operation agreements ranging from sport, reciprocal visa arrangements and the start of a project to modernise Mexican agriculture.

Tomorrow, Mr Jiang is scheduled to visit Mexico City's National Anthropology Museum, which houses Aztec and Mayan artefacts.

In the evening he will dine with prominent Mexican businessmen.

Mexican economic specialists say that some of nation's biggest companies are interested in penetrating the mainland market. They include the construction giant Ingenieros Civilies Asociados, cement maker Cemex and the Cuauhtemoc Brewery.

Mr Jiang arrived from the resort city of Cancun where he spent a day resting, swimming and cruising the Caribbean.

The President, 71, went to the beach again for a second swim in spite of strong winds and a warning flag being hoisted. Earlier, he had spent less than half an hour in the waters accompanied by about a dozen bodyguards.

Unlike his previous public swims, the President stopped Hong Kong reporters from photographing him, saying he needed some 'personal freedom'.

However, he was more relaxed earlier when he cruised the Caribbean with Foreign Minister Qian Qichen, Foreign Trade Minister Wu Yi and other entourage members.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang enjoyed the cruise so much that he even demonstrated his dancing skills on board with other members of the delegation.