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Is China the Next Mexico?Is China the Next Mexico?

Speaker: Jorge Guajardo, former Mexico ambassador to China
Moderator: Susan Shirk, 21st Century China Center Chair

Date: Jan. 16, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: UC San Diego, Institute of the Americas, Malamud Room at the Weaver Center


As the Chinese Communist Party nears the 70-year mark, what can it learn from the experience of the world’s longest-ruling party, Mexico’s PRI?  Will China’s leadership be able to overcome the problems of corruption, income inequality, a growing distrust of government and an increasingly vocal citizenry in order to stay in power?  

Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s Ambassador to Beijing from 2007 to 2013, discussed the parallels and differences he observes between his country in the 1980s and 90s and China today, and how studying the last decades of Mexico’s PRI rule might serve to understand the future of the Chinese Communist Party.

Guajardo serves as Senior Director at McLarty Associates, where he provides strategic counsel and expertise on Latin America and China. He was Consul General of Mexico to the U.S. in Austin, Texas, and a Mexican Congressional candidate in 2003. Ambassador Guajardo also brings several years of private sector experience working in the Washington, D.C. offices of public relations firms Hill and Knowlton, and later Burson-Marsteller.

Note: Guajardo's public keynote address is a part of a larger two-day conference called "Growth, Trade, Investment and the Future of Manufacturing in China, Mexico and the U.S." This conference was held at UC San Diego on Jan. 16 and the Tec de Monterrey campus in Tijuana, Mexico on Jan. 17.

This event and conference was cosponsored by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

Materials and Media

Read Jorge Guajardo's keynote address

Download Jorge Guajardo's keynote address (PDF)

Conference agenda and speaker bio: Growth, Trade, Investment and the Future of Manufacturing in China, Mexico and the U.S. (PDF)