The Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, opened the ninth China-LAC Business Summit, mechanism of promotion and a platform that seeks a greater economic cooperation between China and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the event, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal said it was unthinkable that Mexico could be projected itself into the world without a strategic policy of relationship with China, of the depth that a country of that size and global leadership has today in the international politics.

He recalled the fruitful and permanent bilateral dialogues and the mutual visits of the presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Xi Jinping; the initiatives such as the Mexico-China Fund for financing investments; the announcement of Chinese investments in telecommunications and auto parts; the recognition of the appellation of origin of the tequila and the opening of berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and bilberries) in the Chinese market.

When he referred to the trade disputes with China, the Secretary of Economy emphasized that it is important to place them in their proper dimension, that does not distort the significant magnitude of the strategic relationship and look clear roads and with a method to settle them.

"That is why the relationship we now have with China is that of a high standard, designed with the will of our leaders to further advance in the XXI century the Mexico's relationship with Asia, certainly channeled by the most important country of the Asian continent", he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Lou Fuhe, Vice President of the twelfth National Committee of the Consultative Political Conference of the Chinese People, declared that these kind of activities allow to further strengthen the trade relations between China and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Director General of ProMéxico, Francisco Gonzalez Díaz, said that the business summit will be very fruitful, "as it will allow them to know at first hand the competitive advantages and opportunities offered by our country." He said it will be a rewarding experience with great potential for the trade and investment between the regions.

He said that "China-LAC is a window of new business opportunities that bring near the participating companies of our regions in a spirit of fraternity, innovation and collaboration".

The President of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE, by its initials in Spanish), Valentin Díez Morodo, stated that "this meeting has become a real platform that seeks to strengthen the economic cooperation between China and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, especially focused on the momentum of the trade and investment".

On behalf of the Governor of Jalisco, Aristóteles Sandoval, the Secretary General of the Government of the state, Roberto López Lara said that "the national and foreign investors can be confident about the business climate that Mexico offers, which is one of the most reliable".

He argued that "the Triple Helix strategy has paid off, so the academy, the authorities and society we remain on a path of development and generation of greater opportunities for everyone".

The China-LAC Business Summit aims to promote the business relations between both regions and the participation of over 700 Chinese, Latin American and Caribbean companies are expected.

In this ninth edition, jointly promoted by ProMéxico and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CChFCI), the attendees will find business partners and counterparts for their proposals, as well as updated and good value information for the development of their initiatives.

For Mexico, being the host in 2015 means the opportunity to join in our country to the big players in the economic scenario of these regions and the privilege to show the similarities and trends that shape the future of this relationship.

Accompanying the Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, the President of the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM, by its initials in Spanish), Enrique Jacob Rocha; the Coordinator of Delegations of the Secretariat of Economy (SE, by its initials in Spanish), Jorge Cantú Valderrama; and the Chief of the Unit in Jalisco, Mario Gutiérrez Treviño.

The event was attended by Zhang Wei, Vice Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade; and Jose Palacios Jiménez, Secretary of Economic Development of Jalisco, among others.