Thursday, January 15, 2015
Mexico-China trade and investment links.
President Enrique Pena Nieto and President Xi Jinping have met four times in less than two years, not counting multilateral summits -- of which the most recent was the January 8-9 summit with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Beijing. Last November, also in Beijing, both governments signed wide-ranging agreements during a meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit. After a decade of difficult bilateral relations stemming from Mexico's enormous trade deficit with China, Mexico is keen to increase investment ties. Nonetheless, the recent cancellation of a contract won by a Chinese company to build a high-speed train in Mexico cast a shadow over the visit. The misstep points to broader governance challenges as Mexico courts Chinese investors and implements wide-ranging economic reforms at home.