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Mexicochina - 1 Even though there is a distinct difference between Mexico and China at first glance when examined closely the similarities are

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1 Even though there is a distinct difference between Mexico and China at first glance, when examined closely, the similarities are overwhelming. While China is considered to have a booming economy and a large population, Mexico is perceived as having a substandard economy and a smaller population. These two countries have their problems of corruption, poverty, and suppression of the people in common as they inflict both Mexico and China. As the politics, economies, and important aspects of Mexico and China’s societies are examined the similarities are so vast that the differences seem to be only technical details. Although there is an apparent difference in the labels given to each political system, their methods and means of control are strikingly similar. As the Communist Party of China eliminated foreign privileges and vast public reforms and the government of Mexico sought out foreign investors and opened the borders to free trade, both manipulated and mislead not only their citizens but other countries into believing that they were respectable and reliable countries. Both governments altered their past in order to promote certain parties in elections. The Salinas administration in Mexico "determined that these aspects of the revolutionary tradition had to be de-emphasized if not erased completely from the school curriculum" just as China’s “past is actively manipulated by propagandists and commercial advertisers alike to legitimate the needs of the present, as well as constantly being used to bolster the image of the ever- victorious party” (Hellman p.55) (Ye p.xi). China’s government refused to hold elections while the Mexican government’s elections further corrupted the country. Even though there is a difference in the ability to vote in each country, it was not rare for incidents such as, "more votes were registered for the official party than there were people living
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2 in the electoral district" to occur in Mexico proving that the citizens might as well not have voted in the end (Hellman p. 85). Each government had frequent changes in leadership and policy throughout their history that left their citizens feeling “powerless to influence the course of economic policy set by a political elite" (Hellman p. 29). The
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course HIST 140 taught by Professor Reid during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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Mexicochina - 1 Even though there is a distinct difference between Mexico and China at first glance when examined closely the similarities are

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