Chinese expatriate entrepreneurs find a new gold rush destination in Mexico

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Mexico, often perceived in China as a remote and dangerous place, has also become a gold rush destination for Chinese companies looking to serve both the local market and the US. As they learn to adapt to a new environment, Washington policymakers are wary. The once and possibly future US president, Donald Trump, is threatening to slap tariffs on products coming from Mexico, including electric vehicles, to block China. In the last of a three-part series, the South China Morning Post looks at how small Chinese merchants have channelled “Made in China” goods to the country through Yiwu-style wholesale markets.

Within four years, a Fujianese businessman has built a “Chinatown” from scratch in central Mexico City, proudly claiming it as “China speed”. Now he has bigger plans.