Monday, November 10, 2014

Peña Nieto to China, Australia, while Mexico seethes

"We must carry on with our obligations"

Guadalajara -
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has arrived in Bejing to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. At week's end he will travel to Brisbane, Queensaland for a two day meeting of the G20 Economic Leaders Summit in Australia.

Presidential press secretary Eduardo Sánchez told reporters covering the trip that Peña Nieto is "heartbroken" over Friday's announcement by Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam concerning the apparent fate of 43 college students missing since Sept. 26. "But he must continue working, so that Mexico does not miss opportunities," Sánchez emphasized yesterday.

In statements unlikely to satisfy tens of thousands who continue to demonstrate across the nation, often violently, the press secretary added, "The chance to attract better paid jobs to Mexico will give us the peace of knowing that we are are carrying out our duties well. Mexico needs better wages, and that's (where these trips) may lead."

Sánchez said the president "continues to monitor the student case very closely."

Last weekend brought street violence to many areas, including some directed at the National Palace in Mexico City's famed Zócalo by self-proclaimed anarchists. At least 15 persons arrested Saturday for acts of public vandalism have been released.

Peña Nieto is expected to meet with President Obama at one or both summits.

Nov. 10 - Angélica Rivera: a makeup man aboard, a gala Beijing dinner

Nov. 6 - Violence holds back Mexican economic growth
May 2 - Jalisco wage earners average $15 per day

Dec. 7 - Sluggish labor market a victim of Mexico's economic backslide in 2013
Oct. 2 - Anarchists in Mexico City
Aug. 24 - Mexican unemployment stats paint a bleak picture for the most well educated
June 6 - How do you say "Xi Jinping" in Spanish?

The First Couple of Mexico, on arrival in Beijing

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