The first batch of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine produced in China arrive in Mexico, Feb. 20, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in Mexico)
From Former Mexican Ambassador to China
By Peng Min, People’s Daily
“President Xi Jinping has left a deep impression on me for his vision and wisdom.”
That’s how Sergio Ley Lopez, former Mexican Ambassador to China, described the Chinese President in a present interview with People’s Daily.
In February 2009, Xi, as then Chinese Vice President, visited Mexico on the invitation of the Mexican authorities. The go to bought right here a 12 months after the outbreak of the worldwide financial catastrophe, which had launched excessive impacts on the monetary system and different individuals’s livelihoods globally.
“Through the visit, China hoped to learn the measures of the Mexican government to cope with the crisis, as well as enhance bilateral business communication and drive economic growth of both sides,” recalled Ley Lopez, who now serves as a result of the president of the Business Section for Asia and Oceania of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology.
“President Xi delivered a speech at a luncheon hosted by Mexican and Chinese entrepreneurs, which was simple, clear, and inspiring. He was determined and aware of what he wanted to accomplish, and he knew how he should fulfill his responsibility for his country and people,” Ley Lopez acknowledged, recalling his first meeting with the Chinese President.
“Besides, he was open, frank, and broadminded. We saw a leader that was studying other countries’ experiences and full of personal charisma,” Ley Lopez added.
In April 2013, then Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto paid a state go to to China and attended the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2013. Ley Lopez, as a enterprise advisor, accompanied him on the journey.
“At the opening ceremony of the conference, President Xi stressed that as members of the same global village, we should foster a sense of community of common destiny, follow the trend of the times, keep to the right direction, stick together in a time of difficulty and ensure that development in Asia and the rest of the world reaches new highs,” Ley Lopez acknowledged.
As the first Mexican president attending the annual conference of the BFA, Pena Nieto emphasised that rising economies in Latin America and Asia needed to cooperate with each other. He wanted to be taught from China’s experience and search frequent enchancment by his go to, Ley Lopez acknowledged.
Pena Nieto invited President Xi to go to Mexico all through their meeting, and the latter accepted the invitation, Ley Lopez instructed People’s Daily, together with that to hurry up the occasion of bilateral relations, it needed to strike whereas the iron is scorching.
In June 2013, President Xi paid a state go to to Mexico. The mutual visits, which have been paid in merely two months, indicated the importance related by the two worldwide areas on the occasion of their relations. It was all through this go to, China and Mexico lifted their relationship to an entire strategic partnership.
“President Xi said friendship is like wine, the older, the better. The friendship between Mexico and China is like old tequila that gets better with age. The two countries share many common interests and responsibilities on major global issues, such as improving global economic governance and improving the reform of the global governance system,” Ley Lopez acknowledged.
Shortly after President Xi’s go to to Mexico, the two worldwide areas reached quite a lot of framework and cooperation agreements. Though they’re separated by the Pacific Ocean, they’ve further tightened their bond.
In November 2014, Pena Nieto paid one different state go to to China upon invitation and attended the twenty second APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. This time, Ley Lopez was nonetheless inside the president’s delegation.
When they’ve been posing for pictures by the Yanqi Lake, the place the venue for the meeting was, Pena Nieto launched his delegation to Xi. “When President Xi neared me, he said he remembered and appreciated me. He called me a good friend of China,” Ley Lopez recalled.
“I still remember his friendly eye contact and firm handshake. I’m proud of myself because my efforts to promote Mexico-China friendship and cooperation were recognized,” Ley Lopez acknowledged.
The former Mexican Ambassador to China is intently following the occasion of the Belt and Road Initiative. He believes it has constructed a bridge of peace, stability, and customary enchancment between worldwide areas and continents by infrastructure, commerce, and funding cooperation.
“The interests to be considered should be the interests of all, which is a brilliant quote once cited by President Xi. In Latin America, there’s also a similar saying that only by benefiting the whole world can an individual country benefit itself. When a head of state is facing the challenges against mankind and seeking solutions from a global perspective, the world will see his broad vision and mind,” Ley Lopez well-known.
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