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Tillerson Visits Mexico Amid Strained Relations Over Immigration, Trade

Tillerson Visits Mexico Amid Strained Relations Over Immigration, Trade

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Mexico today to be wary that Russian Federation does not interfere when it elects its next president in July.

He said Latin America does not need new imperial powers that seek only to benefit their own people.

Discussing Venezuela, the United States official said militaries in Latin America often "handled" transitions from bad governments, but insisted he was not advocating "regime change".

Mr. Tillerson said that the doctrine "has been a success" because "what binds us together in this hemisphere are shared democratic values".

The statement also rejected claims that China is undermining US interest in the region.

China's investment in the field of sci-tech and infrastructure is very important for Latin America, Bernal said at a news briefing held by the embassy Friday.

According to analysts, China's attractiveness to the region as a loan provider is that it does not demand any economic or social policy changes, nor does it impose structural adjustment programs as was the norm with loans granted by the International Monetary Fund, which many claimed undermined the country's sovereignty.

Tillerson said on Thursday that the Venezuelan military could decide to oust President Nicolas Maduro, but said he did not know whether that would happen.

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"China, as it does in emerging markets throughout the world, offers the appearance of an attractive path to development, but in reality this often involves trading short-term gains for long-term dependency", Tillerson said in a speech at the University of Texas.

Tillerson's comments follow remarks by US national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who said there was already evidence of Russian meddling in Mexican elections scheduled for July.

US President Donald Trump has said in the past: "A military option is certainly something we could pursue".

Tillerson's stop in Mexico kicked off a six-day Latin America trip that will also take him to Panama, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica.

Many Latin Americans read that as a focus on people coming from their region.

Accusing Washington of seeking to undermine democracy in Latin America and return to the days of "imperialism", Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino lashed out at Mr Tillerson during a broadcast on state television.

His first stop is Mexico, where Tillerson will meet with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

His comments followed remarks late a year ago by US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who said there was already evidence of Russian meddling in Mexican elections set for July.


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