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Mexico’s Elections Matter to the U.S. and China

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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Hubris and Prudence in Nicaragua

The latest from fellow Fernando Menéndez about China’s place in Nicaragua: 

“A few short years ago, Chinese investments in Latin America seemed to mean changing the nature of the hemisphere in economic, if not political, terms. One such possibility was a massive canal to traverse Central America, leading to increased commerce between oceans and physically altering the geography of the region. The canal, one out of many proposed, was meant to serve as robust competition for the Panama Canal, seriously changing the calculations concerning intercontinental trade and commerce. It was also meant to establish China’s footprint in the hemisphere. Today, the proposed Nicaraguan canal has not broken ground.”

Read the entire article to find out more about China’s role in the Americas and the mythical canal, here.