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Cancun Draws Eye of Chinese Companies, Mexican Left Fights Back

Posted: Jan. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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The Mexican left wing has aligned itself with local businesses in fighting against Chinese-backed commercial projects set to take root in the city of Cancun. Complete with a shopping center, numerous housing units for migrant workers, and several other works, local businesses are fighting tooth and nail to prevent building permits from being issued for the massive undertaking.

Leftist lawmakers have joined forces with business leaders in demanding that officials not issue building permits for a vast Chinese-backed commercial project in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

Ads placed Wednesday in several newspapers and signed by Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, legislators called for the Dragon Mart shopping center to be scrapped.

Plans call for building 722 housing units for 5,000 Chinese workers who will be employed at the shopping center in the first phase of the project, with later expansions adding “up to 2,500 housing units that will hold 10,000 Chinese citizens,” the PRD legislators said.


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