Viva Mexico!

By Qi Xijia Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/17 17:48:39

Mexican Consulate General in Shanghai celebrates 207 years of independence


The Mexican Consulate General in Shanghai recently organized a lively reception to celebrate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico. Hundreds of guests including Mexican expats, officials from the Shanghai municipal government and consul generals of neighboring foreign consulates in Shanghai attended the colorful event.

"Viva Mexico!" cheered Juan Alberro, the acting Consul General of Mexico in Shanghai, as he waved the national flag of Mexico. "Viva! Viva! Viva!" cheered the attendees in a united, enthusiastic response.

This was a reenactment of Mexico's Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores, a battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain), a historical event that happened in Mexico in the early morning hours of September 16, 1810, when Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church and gave a call to arms that triggered the war.

Friendship and cooperation between Mexico and China dates back to the 16th century, when a Chinese fleet discovered maritime routes between China and South America. This year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"Historically, our two nations have been able to consolidate a fruitful bilateral relationship based upon the high level political dialogue, respect for international law, peaceful resolution of disputes and cooperation for development. Mutual attraction between the two societies and cultures has turned into an extensive cultural, academic and cooperation bilateral exchange," said Alberro.

Strategic alliance

Just a few days ago, during the BRICS Summit held in Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province, both country leaders expressed their common commitment for strengthening of the bilateral political and economic ties, according to Alberro.

In recent decades, there has been a significant rise in economic and trade relations between Mexico and China with Shanghai as well as East China's Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces being key players in this process.

"China is the second most important trade partner of Mexico in the world and its third largest market for exports. Mexico is China's largest trade partner in Latin America and its sixth most important export market in the world. Last year our bilateral trade surpassed $80 billion," said Alberro.

Beyond economic synergies, an understanding between the people of these two countries has also deepened due to exchanges in culture, academics and other fields. Alberro sees the strengthening of people-to-people contact the "main axis" of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

"Mutual knowledge and shared understanding of our values, Spanish and Putonghua language teaching, education exchange, cultural promotion, tourism and student mobility are key elements to provide our bilateral relationship with its strategic and comprehensive attributes for the future," he said.



Juan Alberro, the acting Consul General of Mexico in Shanghai, delivers a speech Friday. Photo: Qi Xijia/GT



 

Performers at the event Friday Photo: Qi Xijia/GT



  

Guests pose at the event Photo: Qi Xijia/GT

A building decorated with lights during ceremonies celebrating Mexico's Independence Day in Mexico City Saturday Photo: CFP



 

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