China-Mexico Relations Stay on Track

November 30, 2014

The head of China's National People's Congress, Zhang Dejiang, met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Nov. 26, at the end of a nine-day tour of Ibero-America which also took him to Peru and Colombia. According to the account published by Xinhua, Zhang called on the two countries to

"work closely in big projects in infrastructure, energy and high-tech, and expand friendly exchanges in education, science and technology and culture, in a bid to lift the China-Mexico all-around strategic partnership to a new high."

The Zhang visit, the first time a top Chinese legislator has visited Mexico since the countries established diplomatic relations in 1972, was a follow-up on the Nov. 13 meeting between Peña Nieto and Chinese President Xi Jinping. After that meeting, they announced economic cooperation agreements totalling $7.4 billion.

As reflected in coverage in the Economist and the Financial Times, the City of London and Wall Street are desperately opposed to Mexico's joining with the development dynamic unleashed by the BRICS nations globally, and are doing everything in their power to sabotage Mexico's agreements with China, in particular. Prior to Peña Nieto's trip to China, they pressured him to revoke an earlier award to a China-led international consortium, for the construction of a high-speed rail line between Mexico City and Querétaro. In addition to that project, Mexico and China are working to finalize agreements for a Nayarit-Chihuahua-New Mexico train corridor, and a strategically important trans-Isthmus rail line and industrial corridor, crossing the Isthmus of Tehuantepec from Coatzacoalcos to Salina Cruz.

Peña Nieto told the visiting Chinese legislator, according to Xinhua, that Mexico admires China's remarkable achievements and would like to learn from them, and he underscored Mexico's commitment to "becoming China's trustworthy partner" in such projects.

It is of note that, in his address to the nation the next day, Nov. 27, the Mexican President presented a ten-point program for bringing stability and development to the country, in the face of a foreign-orchestrated "color revolution," and distributed a map through the office of the Presidency which singles out three Special Economic Zones, including the "Inter-Oceanic Industrial Corridor in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec," precisely the location of the pending agreement with China.