Chinese oil companies have expressed interest in investing in Mexico in the wake of the energy industry reforms implemented last month, Mexican Ambassador to China Julian Ventura said.

"Official approaches have been made in different sectors, not just energy, to see what the Mexican legal framework is and what the opportunities are in the different sectors that have been identified as priority ones," the diplomat told Mexican media outlets.

The ambassador said during an annual gathering of Mexican diplomats that as long as the implementing laws based on the energy industry reforms remain to be determined, the government will not be able to channel the interest of Chinese companies into Mexico's oil market.

"If the talks advance in Mexico over the next few months, we will see more concrete progress in this sector, in particular," Ventura said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to visit China in October for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, forum, the ambassador said.

The Peña Nieto administration has made an effort to strengthen bilateral relations and expand cooperation with China, especially in the economic area. EFE