Mexico and China can benefit from stronger relationship

José Antonio Meade says relationship can only enhance Mexican presence in Asia-Pacific region

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 2:53am

Mexico is in a great moment. Macroeconomic stability and a low debt rate are part of our strengths as one of the world's top 15 economies.

We are an economy with a broad social perspective fully inserted into international trade, with an exchange of goods and services that amounts to more than US$700 billion each year. We offer a secure and trustworthy environment for foreign investment.

Our political institutions show increasing strength and vitality. Our country has vast amounts of natural resources, a solid industrial basis and increasing innovation, as well as a privileged geographic location.

This moment of our history embodies an important promise of well-being and development for Mexican people through structural reforms, key for the country's development. We are a nation determined to transform itself and to grow.

From the beginning of his administration, President Enrique Peña Nieto committed to boost a significant national effort aimed at achieving prosperity by means of fighting against poverty and inequality, by providing high-quality education across the country and consolidating Mexico as an actor with global responsibility.

To reach national goals, foreign policy will contribute to Mexico's development as never before. At the same time, our country will consolidate its position as an advocate of international order and stability, as a supporter of global free trade, as a friendly and safe destination for foreign investment, and as a responsible state and promoter of peace and human development.

Mexico is convinced that no other part of the world today has the growth and dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region. Mexico respects and admires China's universal input. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, both nations have forged strong bonds of friendship, solidarity and co-operation with enormous potential mutual benefits.

This was recognised by President Peña Nieto and President Xi Jinping during their meeting in April as part of the Boao Forum for Asia when they agreed to raise the relationship to new levels.

Progressively but surely, Mexico will have a greater presence in the area of rapid growth, global development and innovation that the Asia-Pacific region has become.

Mexico and China have the opportunity to consolidate their ties. Political dialogue, trade, investment, education, science, technology, tourism and culture are priorities in an expanding bilateral agenda. We are countries in motion, in the process of transformation. I am convinced that the people of Mexico and China will benefit from a bilateral relationship sustained on a greater strategic and long-term vision.

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña is Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs