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Monday, October 6, 2014

Sixth Meeting of the Mexico-China Binational Commission

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The sixth meeting of the Mexico-China Binational Commission, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade and the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, was held September 29 in the Foreign Ministry.

The meeting was especially significant as it marked the tenth anniversary of the bi-yearly meetings for consultation and negotiations, which were initiated to give continuity and to evaluate the bilateral relationship and to identify future actions.

This year, officials from more than 20 Mexican and Chinese agencies participated, meeting simultaneously in four subcommittees (political affairs; economic and trade issues; cultural and educational issues; and scientific and technological cooperation), and six working groups (agriculture; transportation and communications; energy; social development; customs; and inspection and quarantine).

The sixth meeting of the Binational Commission was the first to be held as part of the comprehensive strategic partnership, agreed by Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Xi Jinping in June 2013.

In the political affairs subcommittee, Foreign Secretary Meade and Foreign Minister Wang agreed to keep in close contact in order to foster collaboration between the two foreign ministries and facilitate more contact between the various departments and ministries of their countries. They agreed on the importance of working together in international forums such as the United Nations and the Group of 20 (G20) in order to have an impact on the search for solutions to current global challenges.

Foreign Secretary Meade said that the Mexican government would support the 22nd Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to be held in Beijing in November, to contribute to its success.

At the closing ceremony, the two officials welcomed the productive exchanges that took place in the other subcommittees and working groups. They stressed that progress was made regarding access of Mexican food products to the Chinese market, and in promoting the teaching of Chinese, student exchanges and the expansion of scientific and technological cooperation.

It should be noted that, with the forthcoming signing of an agreement between the National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Mexico will be the first Latin American country to do joint research with China.

Lastly, Foreign Secretary Meade and Foreign Minister Wang signed the minutes of the sixth meeting of the Binational Commission, which includes the main commitments agreed to by the two sides.


Press release, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Sep. 29, 2014, Mexico, DF; SRE translation

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