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Mar 2, 2018 0 Comments

Mexico’s Elections Matter to the U.S. and China Media Appearances, Media Mentions


Fernando Menéndez remarks on Tillerson’s recent trip to Latin America, the upcoming election in Mexico, and the future of US-Mexican relations in his latest article for China-US Focus.

Tillerson’s trip highlighted a few important things. The “first is the upcoming election in Mexico which, contrary to the prevailing winds, may place a hostile, anti-U.S. demagogue at the head of the U.S.’s largest trade partner south of the border.”

This demagogue is “front-runner, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO), an admirer of the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions with a long history of demonstrated support for other leftist and populist causes. 

 Tillerson’s trip also stressed the “long-term issue [of] the growing presence and influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the hemisphere via economic opportunities. President López Obrador may take a page from the populist playbook by opening a wider door to China as a counterweight to the U.S. in Mexico and raising tensions further.”

This election comes at a time when the relationship between the United States and Mexico is deteriorating, giving Mexico and China the opportunity to recalculate theirs.


Read the full article at China-US Focus, here.

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Feb 28, 2018 0 Comments

China Will ‘Increasingly Project’ Military Power in Latin America Media Appearances, Media Mentions

In response to our latest Dispatch, Breitbart columnist Edwin Mora discusses China’s increasing role in Latin America. The article echoes the report and notes the increasing security concern that Bejing’s actions in the region pose.

As well as ongoing economic influence, there has been a “steady increase in Chinese intelligence activities in Latin America, which likely seek to collect information on U.S. military technology and doctrine; conduct cyber warfare, and carry out corporate espionage.” 

This security concern is also noted by the U.S. military who have said, “The larger strategic challenge posed by China in this region is not yet a military one. It is an economic one, and a new approach may be required to compete effectively against China’s coordinated efforts in the Americas. Some of the most critical elements needed in this effort are not ones that [SOUTHCOM] can bring to bear.”

To read the full article click, here and check the latest Dispatch out, here.

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Nov 20, 2017 0 Comments

What is the Center of Latin America’s Security Challenges? Media Appearances, Media Mentions

Author of this article, Adelle Nazarian, comments on Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s remarks at the Western Hemisphere Security Forum, hosted by the Center for a Secure Free Society and DaniIMG_7202el Morgan Graduate School. After accepting the Manwaring Award for displaying exceptional commitment and leadership to securing freedom in the Americas, Ros-Lehtinen remarked, “Hezbollah engages in widespread drug trafficking throughout the region in order to fund its terror activities and has close ties to the Venezuelan Vice President,” she said.  “Iran is also making diplomatic inroads in the Hemisphere, staffing up their embassies and sharing intelligence with other anti-U.S. regimes.”

Her comments echoed the message at the Forum: “it is time we start giving the Western Hemisphere the attention it deserves.”

Read the full article, here.