During a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, leaders of Mexico and China reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing their bilateral relationship. They pledged to work together to strengthen ties, combat illegal drug trafficking, and promote increased trade and investment between their nations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping described the growing relationship between China and Mexico as "mutually beneficial" and expressed the willingness to enhance strategic coordination and explore new avenues for cooperation, with the aim of taking their bilateral relations to a higher level.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador affirmed their commitment to maintaining good relations for the benefit of their respective peoples. This commitment reflects the positive trajectory of the Mexico-China relationship.
President Lopez Obrador also held discussions with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the APEC summit. Their talks centered on migration issues, and Lopez Obrador noted Trudeau's confidence in Canadian business leaders' interest in investing in Mexico.
President Lopez Obrador is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, reflecting ongoing diplomatic efforts in the region.
One of the key priorities for the Biden administration is to seek increased cooperation from both Mexico and China in addressing the flow of fentanyl, a potent opioid, and its precursor chemicals, which have contributed to a significant rise in overdose deaths in the United States.
During their meeting, President Lopez Obrador and President Xi agreed to collaborate in combating the illegal trafficking of precursor chemicals, as announced by Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena on social media.
In addition to addressing security concerns, the leaders also pledged to promote trade and investment between their countries, highlighting the potential for economic cooperation.
The Mexican foreign ministry indicated that President Lopez Obrador discussed two crucial infrastructure projects with President Xi: a solar energy development in northern Mexico and the Interoceanic Corridor, aimed at attracting business investments to the southern region of the country.
The meeting between the leaders of Mexico and China signifies their commitment to strengthening ties and pursuing mutual benefits in areas such as trade, investment, and security cooperation.