In a demonstration of strong bilateral relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena met in Beijing to discuss the potential for further cooperation between their two countries. Wang Yi emphasized the substantial potential and ample room for development in China-Mexico cooperation during their meeting.
A significant point of discussion was Mexico's expression of gratitude to China for its assistance in rebuilding areas affected by Hurricane Otis in October, particularly the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco. China has been actively aiding Mexico in expediting the procurement of essential household items for families impacted by the hurricane, as noted by the Mexican foreign ministry.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed the need for comprehensive exchanges and cooperation between China and Mexico, spanning various domains, including economy, trade, culture, and more.
Of particular importance was the visit of a Mexican delegation to China in October, which led to the establishment of a working group dedicated to combating the trafficking of precursor chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs like fentanyl. This cooperative effort aligns with U.S. President Joe Biden's administration's goals to collaborate with Mexico and China in curbing the flow of fentanyl, a substance associated with a significant increase in overdose deaths.
Foreign Minister Barcena also advocated for strengthening ties between China and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting the broader regional perspective.
The meeting between the leaders of China and Mexico during the APEC summit last month reaffirmed their commitment to deepening ties. The leaders pledged to address issues such as illegal drug trafficking between their nations and to foster increased trade and investment.
This continued engagement between China and Mexico reflects the growing significance of their partnership on both regional and global fronts, with the potential for further collaboration and positive outcomes in various areas of mutual interest.