Mexican state of Oaxaca eyes stronger trade relations with China

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-07 12:54:48|Editor: ZD
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MEXICO CITY, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca looks to establish an agenda of economic cooperation with China, Pedro Matar, coordinator of international affairs for the state, said on Tuesday.

The economic cooperation would focus on foreign trade, infrastructure, technology, investments and financing, Matar said.

One of the poorest states in Mexico, Oaxaca aims to speed up the region's growth by attracting Chinese investment to broaden and modernize railway and port infrastructure, Matar said.

This week, Oaxaca's governor, Alejandro Murat, led a delegation of politicians and businessmen to Shanghai for China International Import Expo (CIIE).

As the world's first import-themed national-level expo, the six-day event has attracted more than 3,600 companies from over 170 countries.

During the expo, the delegation strives to promote tourism, handicrafts and mezcal -- the region's traditional drink and most exported along with tequila.

In addition, Murat has a schedule filled with meetings with Chinese business people and port officials to look for "the experience and investments from China which would include technology material and wind energy," Matar said.

"China is the second most important economy that we want to strengthen a relationship with," Matar said.

"(China) is opening itself up to the world," he added, expressing hope that China will be "part of that opportunity" and "a critical player" in boosting a more open world economy.