Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

China confirms relations with Latin America to be founded on mutual interests

Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump's nomination of Tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward Senate confirmation after several Democrats crossed Secretary of State Tillerson rallies support for Venezuela sanctions
| 05 February, 2018, 06:42

On his visit to Mexico City Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was carefully trying to explain to his counterparts from Mexico and Canada just why usa efforts to restrict both legal and illegal immigration are not mean-spirited.

The U.S. and its two neighbors have been hitting speed bumps over trade negotiations. His trip will include stops in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica.

Venezuela's leaders haven't been deterred by the U.S.'s push to ratchet up sanctions pressure, announcing last month that they would proceed with presidential elections in April.

Both Maduro and his defense minister condemned the comments on Friday, and even Mexico, no friend of the Venezuelan government, was at pains to say it did not support any non-peaceful solution in the South American country that is engulfed in a political and economic crisis. As with in the Middle East, he is familiar with numerous main actors: He wrangled with Venezuelan officials shortly after becoming chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp. when the late President Hugo Chavez nationalized the company's assets in the country in 2007. He said immigration in the USA has "gotten out of normal order", which is why President Donald Trump is pushing Congress to "fix these defects that have risen over the years".


Freeland said that uncertainty around renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement was not good for business, but that it was important to get it right.

Following two years of contraction in 2015 and 2016, trade volume between China and Latin America and the Caribbean amounted to 247.4 billion USA dollars in the first 11 months of 2017, up 22.2 percent year-on-year.

"We do not seek short-term deals with lopsided returns, we seek partners with shared values and visions to create a safe, secure and prosperous hemisphere", said Tillerson.

He said Russian Federation is undermining Democratic governments through arms sales, which is something Latin America must guard against in order to restore shared values in the region.

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