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Mexican Senate marks Mexico's 40-year-old ties with China

(Xinhua)

14:15, February 17, 2012

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese and Mexican officials on Thursday jointly unveiled a commemorative plaque in the Mexican Senate to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Since the establishment of the diplomatic ties 40 years ago, bilateral relations have developed rapidly, said Bai Lichen, visiting vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), who attended the ceremony.

During the period, China-Mexico ties have grown into a more mature, robust and in-depth one with mutual respect and mutual benefit, he said.

Since 2003, China and Mexico have forged a strategic partnership, expanding friendly exchanges and cooperation in various fields, he added.

Mexican Senate President Jose Gonzalez Morfin said the first 40 years of the diplomatic relations between the two nations "will be the prelude of a deeper, friendly and fruitful relationship."

Mexico and China established diplomatic relations on Feb. 14, 1972. Mexico is now China's second-largest trading partner in Latin America after Brazil.

Mexico is the first leg of Bai's three-nation Latin America tour, which will also take him to Colombia and Ecuador.

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