Voactiv – Bill Clinton, speaking at the Laureate Summit of Youth and Productivity, apologized for the United States’ involvement in a drug war that has claimed the lives of over 120,000 people, seen 27,000 go missing and caused myriad social problems. “I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault,” he said.
By Carlos Tejada / Wall Street Journal
A Chinese rail-construction company is seeking compensation from Mexican officials stemming from a halted $3.7 billion Mexican high-speed-rail project.
In a statement Tuesday to the Shanghai stock exchange, China Railway Construction Corp. said it was still in negotiations with “the Mexican side and will update if there is important progress.” It didn’t offer further details but said the postponement won’t have a major effect on its operations.
In November, CRCC warned it would resort to legal means to protect its interests after the contract was revoked.
The halt on construction of the roughly 130-mile bullet-train line, from Mexico City northwest to Querétaro city, has become a sore point in China. On Monday, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic-planning body, called on Mexican officials to protect the rights of Chinese companies.
“We feel really sorry about the decision,” the NDRC said. “Chinese companies have invested much in bidding for the project.”
Officials at the Mexican embassy in Beijing didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mexico postponed the project last week as part of an effort to cut government spending by $8.3 billion amid an adverse economic environment and falling oil prices, as Mexico is a significant oil producer.
Sun News – British Columbia’s highest court has sided with workers in a failed union-busting attempt where the Labour Relations Board determined Mexico had conducted “improper interference” over how employees voted a the decertification campaign.
Politico – President Barack Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Mexico, Maria Echaveste, a daughter of Mexican immigrants, has withdrawn her name from consideration.
Xinhua – China today, Monday, asked Mexico to ensure the lawful rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, after the Mexican government suspended a proposed high-speed rail.
Los Angeles Times – President Obama raised concerns about violence in Mexico during an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Mexico’s president, while also praising the two nations’ efforts to improve their handing of issues such as immigration.
As protesters in the snow outside waved signs about human rights abuses south of the border, Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto talked about the investigation of the fall disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero, where a violent drug gang reportedly collaborates with corrupt police and stands as a symbol of a crisis.
Al Jazeera – Coinciding with President Enrique Peña Nieto’s trip to Washington, activists ramped up pressure Tuesday on the United States to withdraw support from an administration they allege is riven with corruption and frequently colludes with the drug cartels it is supposed to be fighting.
Bloomberg – U.S. President Barack Obama is counting on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to pressure Cuba to make democratic reforms, now that the White House has moved toward normalizing relations with the island nation.
Politico – President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will discuss the “mechanics” of how to quickly wrap up Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations when the two leaders meet today in Washington.
Televisa – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) expressed “surprise and concern” about recent statements by the Bolivia President Evo Morales describing Mexico as a “failed” model for combatting drug trafficking.