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Mexico's Nieto vows to boost ties with China

07-12-2012 16:26 BJT

by Liu Lili, Liang Xizhi

MEXICO CITY, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's presumptive president Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday he would try to boost his country's relations with China after taking office.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate told Xinhua China had been an influential actor on the world stage. Its strong economic vitality had ensured a high level of productivity, rapid economic growth and good progress in poverty eradication policies, he said.

Stressing fraternal relations between Mexico and China, Nieto pledged to promote economic and trade cooperation with China.

"China is Mexico's second largest trading partner, second largest supplier and seventh largest buyer," he said, "I hope the trade ties of the two countries can become more active and close."

The 45-year-old said ties with China could also help Mexico enter the Asian market. "As brother countries with a long history of friendship, we two countries can strengthen cooperation in fields like culture, academia and scientific research through enhancing economic and trade relations," he said.

Recalling his visit to China several years ago, Nieto praised China's modern cities and hospitable people, saying he expected to visit China again as Mexican president in the near future.

Although Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) has not yet declared Nieto president-elect, it confirmed his victory in the July 1 presidential election.

The runner-up in Mexico's presidential vote, Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, demanded a full recount but after a recount of disputed ballot boxes, accounting for more than half the total, was completed last Friday, the IFE confirmed Nieto's win by nearly 6 percentage points.

In the interview, Nieto outlined his administrative program after taking office.

He said combating violence was one of his top priorities. "The first thing is to reduce violence and provide a more secure environment for Mexicans," he said, adding "I decided to adjust the current public security strategy and send more forces to the unsafe areas."

As the number of people living below the poverty line has increased in recent years, Nieto promised to improve the situation by adopting various social policies.

He said another priority of his presumptive administration was to promote economic growth and employment.

"In the past 11 years, Mexico's economic development was not as good as many other Latin American countries," he said. "I intend to carry out various fundamental reforms in the fields of labor, social security system and energy, which can help us boost Mexico's economy and create more job opportunities for our citizens."

Nieto said he would also promote education, especially in high schools and universities.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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