The Science and Technology Subcommittee of China-Mexico Intergovernmental Permanent Committee was held in the form of video conferencing on October 26, 2022. Zhang Guangjun, Vice Minister of Science and Technology, and María Elena Álvarez-Buylla Roses, Director General of Mexico‘s National Council for Science and Technology, jointly chaired the meeting and made keynote speeches. Representatives of both sides attended and addressed the meeting.
Vice Minister Zhang Guangjun stressed that China and Mexico are comprehensive strategic partners and trustworthy friends that seeking common development. In his congratulatory message to Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico, Chinese President Xi Jinping noted that the two countries have been deepening political mutual trust and strengthening friendly exchange and cooperation in various fields. Since the 7th meeting of the Science and Technology Subcommittee in 2018, both sides have made new progress in such areas as joint research and personnel exchange. Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Mexican Ministry of foreign Affairs have cohosted the China-CELAC Forum in 2020 and 2021, injecting fresh impetus to science，technology and innovation cooperation between China and Latin America and Carribean countries.
Vice Minister Zhang Guangjun said that the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was grandly held earlier this month. China adheres to the basic policy of opening up to the outside world, firmly pursues the strategy of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, and continues to provide new opportunities for the rest of the world. China is willing to work with Mexico to deepen cooperation in science，technology and innovation, and achieve common development.
Director General María Elena Álvarez-Buylla Roses noted that Mexico and China have produced fruitful results in scientific and technological cooperation since diplomatic relations were established half a century ago. Mexico appreciates China’s achievements in promoting scientific and technological development. Science and technology is the most important means to address the two countries’ common concerns, such as agriculture, energy, climate change, water resources and health, and to deal with global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting is of great significance and lays out the goals and direction of future cooperation. The Mexican side hopes to consolidate the foundation of scientific and technological cooperation through dialogue mechanisms such as the Science and Technology Subcommittee, and discover more areas of cooperation that will benefit the two peoples.
Delegates from both sides shared the beneficial practices of their countries’ scientific and technological development, and exchanged views on topics of common interents and reached consensus on future cooperation.
The meeting was co-chaired by Dai Gang, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and Ms. Bárbara Escudero Borges, Director of International Development Cooperation Policy, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE). Cao Hang, China‘s Charge d’Affaires ad Interim to Mexico， Jesús Seade, Mexican ambassador to China’ Wang Liang, Deputy Director General of the Department of Latin American and Caribbbean Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs，and Javier Dávila Torres, Director General for International Development Cooperation Policy, AMEXCID, addressed the meeting. Other attendees included Gao Xiang, Director General of China Science and Technology Exchange Center， Xu Jie, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation and Fu Xiaofeng, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology for Social Development, MOST，Li Ge, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology of Ministry of Water Resources; Wang Zhenyu, Deputy Director General of Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences，and Zhang Songmei, Deputy Director General of China Rural Technology Development Center.