Chinese President Makes Bridge-Building Trip to Mexico

From The New York Times
By Elisabeth Malkin
June 4, 2013

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — President Xi Jinping of China arrived in Mexico City on Tuesday for a three-day visit intended to smooth over relations that have long been prickly.

China has moved forcefully to secure oil and other commodities in South America over the past decade. Mexico — Latin America’s second-largest economy — has played a different role though, not supplying China but competing with it to export manufactured goods like electronics and clothing to the United States…

On Sunday, Mr. Xi traveled to Costa Rica — which has no diplomatic ties with Taiwan — and promised almost $300 million in loans to finish building a highway. The trip sent a clear message to other Central American countries that by withdrawing their recognition of Taiwan “they could get goodies too,” Kevin P. Gallagher, a professor at Boston University, wrote in an e-mail.

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