What is Mexico? What is Mexican culture? Where can I find Mexican elements in China? On the afternoon of August 3, “Witness Friendship” 2017 Summer Home & Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation had the honor to interview the Mexican Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Jose Luis Bernal at the Mexican embassy in China.
Ambassador Bernal first introduced Mexico country to the junior journalist delegation. He said that this year is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico. Over the past 45 years, both China and Mexico have seen rapid development in all fields and all levels. A process of mutual understanding and mutual appreciation of the cultural history has connected the two countries for many centuries. In 2013, President Xi Jinping held talks with Mexican President Peña in Mexico City. The heads of state of the two countries announced that they will elevate the China-Mexico strategic partnership to a comprehensive strategic partnership. China is a world power. Mexico is an emerging country and is currently the 15th largest economy in the world.
During the interview, a junior journalist asked: “Hello Mr. ambassador, 2017 is the 45th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations between China and Mexico, and it has special and important meanings behind the friendship of the two countries. As the Mexican Ambassador to China, how will you continue to promote and develop China and Mexico’s bilateral relationship during your term here?”
The ambassador said that as the Mexican ambassador to China, first of all, I need to maintain the existing bilateral relations and promote bilateral pragmatic cooperation. Secondly, I should seek more opportunities for the rapid development of bilateral relations. Thirdly, introduce high-quality talents. Fourthly, develop the existing bilateral relations to a new height; Fifthly, looking forward to the future, we will provide more opportunities to Chinese enterprises investing in Mexico and also help Mexican people to participate more actively in Chinese markets so that we can truly achieve mutual benefits and win-win situations.
“As an experienced diplomat, you have been to several senior positions, such as the Mexican Ambassador to South Korea, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Las Angeles and APEC. As a kind father, how are you educating and guiding your child? Will they choose the same career path as you? What are their dreams?” a junior journalist asked.
The Ambassador said that my diplomatic work is very busy, but the family is very important to me. I have two children, one boy and one girl. They were born in Washington DC and studied in Mexico. Later, my daughter and son were admitted to Stanford University and Washington University respectively. Now my son works in a large company in the Czech Republic and my daughter chose to stay in London, UK. As a child, their greatest dream is to become an independent person who is able to plan for their own life and realize their dreams step by step. I and my wife fully support them. No matter what the children do, we feel that there is a good reason behind.
小记者问：“中国驻墨西哥使馆每年都举办一场文化盛宴 “中国文化日”，为两国人民相识相知提供了良好平台，使两国民众的心贴的更近，两国友谊的纽带逾加紧密。请问大使先生：墨西哥是美洲文化大国，你会不会在你的任职内，墨西哥使馆每年能否也举办一场文化盛宴 “墨西哥文化日”？让更多的中国青少年了解墨西哥文化和教育？”
“The Chinese Embassy in Mexico holds a cultural feast every year “Chinese Culture Day", which provides a good platform for the two peoples to know each other, so that their hearts can get closer and the diplomatic ties are more connected between the two countries. We would like to ask Mr. Ambassador: as a strong cultural country in Latin Americas, will Mexican Embassy in China also hold a cultural feast every year, like "Mexican Culture Day"? With this special program, more Chinese students and youth can learn more about Mexican culture and education.”
“I have already realized that cultural exchanges are very important to both countries, and the cultural exchange programs should be held at least once a year, including arts, music and such. The Mexican embassy in China will organize a series of activities to promote Mexican culture. Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country. There are over 500 million people who speak Spanish around the world, and about 25% lives in Mexico. We will also promote our tourism. Mexico is a beautiful country. I invite all of you to travel to Mexico. Mexico welcomes you.”
Through the interview with the Mexican Embassy in China, the junior journalists not only learned more about Mexico and its culture, but also felt the ambassador’s kindness, and well-developed diplomatic temperament. At the end of the interview, every junior journalist presented their gifts to the ambassador and wished him have a happy life in China.