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Aug. 15, 2023

Fernando Villavicencio and the Self-Destructive Collaboration between China and Populist Regimes

By Dr. R. Evan Ellis, PhD US Army War College

R. Evan Ellis 

Mexico’s relationship with China has always been complicated. Although Chinese migrants formed an important part in Mexico’s national story, the perceived “otherness” of the Chinese community and competition for work led to occasional violence against ethnic Chinese. With the contemporary expansion of the PRC economy, the position of both countries as manufacturing exporters led many Mexicans to see the PRC as a competitor, as much as an economic opportunity. Mexico has correspondingly not signed onto China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), nor has it joined the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

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Image from the Spanish-language version of this article, originally published on Infobae, with title overlay.