Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of praise to the countries of Latin America and hailed the promising moment they are enjoying in their relations with Beijing.
"In today's world, Latin America and Asia are two dynamic regions that have great potential for ... future development," he said in a speech to Mexican lawmakers.
Xi, who arrived in Mexico on Tuesday on an official visit, called Latin America a region "full of dynamism and hope."
"Latin America possesses unequaled conditions favoring its development, which are translating into another golden age" in the region, he said.
"The more Latin America develops, the better it would be for the world and for China," Xi said.
With regard to the Mexican-Chinese relationship, he said that the two countries "must actively participate in the process of global economic health and unite their efforts to promote the recovery and the growth of the world economy."
"For China and Mexico, it is necessary to jointly repudiate protectionism and persist in the dialogue and the consultations for the resolution of economic-trade frictions," he added.
He said he was ready to explore formulas to correct the huge imbalance in bilateral trade.
China exported $56.9 billion worth of goods to Mexico last year, but purchased only $5.7 billion in products from the Aztec nation.
"China does not want to seek a trade surplus. On the contrary. With a consistent attitude of openness, it is ready to actively increase the importation of Mexican products, especially those with high value added," Xi said.
After visiting the Senate, Xi participated in a business seminar where he was accompanied by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who exhorted Chinese businessmen to invest in Mexico, which he called "a serious, trustworthy and attractive destination" for investment.
China accounted for only 0.6 percent of the foreign investment Mexico received in 2012, Peña Nieto noted. EFE