Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mexico plays the China card, moves to 'address the root causes of Central American migration'

The NY Times reports on Mexico’s Strategy for Dealing With Trump: Warn Him About China. Scriber detects a more profound and lasting trend. Let’s dig beneath the headline and see if I am right.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new government has a strategy for dealing with President Trump.

Don’t anger him. Don’t cave in to him. Try to get him to help fund an ambitious investment plan to stem migration by creating jobs in Central America.

And if Mr. Trump cannot be persuaded, Mexican officials said in interviews that they would remind him that there is another player in the region willing to step into the vacuum: China.

That’s not an idle threat, China has wielded its influence backed by its money in parts of the planet where we, the United States, has proved to be an unreliable partner - if even that.

More on that below.

Even as our president, the Mad Moron who claims a Mandate for a Mantle to dismantle our government over an impossible wall, blusters, bullies, and bull-sh!ts, Mexico steps up to pick up our slack.

Mexico’s plan to try to raise money to develop Central America and southern Mexico was announced last week, when Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the country’s new president, introduced what he called a “Marshall Plan” to address the root causes of Central American migration: a $30 billion initiative to invest in the region and welcome migrants into Mexico with visas, health care and employment.

Mexican officials have compared the proposal to the plan to rebuild postwar Europe. This approach would represent a break with Mr. López Obrador’s predecessor, who considered giving in to Mr. Trump’s demands and allowing people seeking asylum in the United States to remain in Mexico while they wait.

they want to change the focus of the conversation to expanding the economy of Central America and the south of their country by marshaling public and private investment to build infrastructure, develop the energy sector and create jobs in the region so people do not have to stream north in the first place.

… they are hoping the perceived threat of China’s growing presence in the region can be used as leverage to bring the United States on board.

While it is unclear how much more China would be willing to invest in the region, in recent years it has increased its presence throughout Latin America, financing infrastructure projects, tightening ties with governments and even convincing a handful of Central American nations to switch their diplomatic recognition of Taiwan to China — a sticking point with the Americans.

"I heard from senior Mexican officials during the transition that if the United States is not going to treat Mexico with respect, don’t be surprised if you see a Chinese submarine in a Mexican port,” said Juan Gonzalez, who was an adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Central America.

The Mexican strategy to rely on the United States’ concerns about China’s expanding influence in the region reflects a growing sense in Mexico that it can no longer take cooperation with the United States for granted.

Take Africa for another example of China’s influence. I’ve posted on this before in February 2017 and December 2017. As the U. S. abandons its role as global leader, China steps up with money and action to build infrastructure that will create more jobs via increasing tourism.

The Mexican president is not blowing smock (as Trump would put it). China has already become a player in South America as I reported last July in China expands African investment to South American influence.

Quote of the Day: "There has been an abdication” of leadership by the United States … “It surrendered that role not because it lost it, but because it doesn’t wish to take it on.” - Diego Guelar, Argentina’s ambassador to China.

After seeing first hand China’s billions of dollars investment in African infrastructure, Scriber lays awake at night pondering the future of America.

In January 2018, I posted how Donald Trump, as a strategic opportunity for China, diminishes America’s role as world leader.

’I think the rest of the world will never see us quite the same’. That’s how Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, views the consequences of the Trump presidency.

[I concurred and concluded that] Trump and his reflexive acts have made us weaker, not stronger. Made us less, not more, secure. Made us poorer, not richer. Made the world a more, not less, dangerous place. So, as our democracy slides into idiocracy, Trump’s beligerence and bullsh!t accelerates China’s ascendance as the next global leader. I have this nagging feeling that America will never be great again.

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