The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.
With the human rights violations in China escalating, human rights lawyers have become prominent targets for the communist party backlash. Many prominent lawyers, party members, and citizens stand as victims of party violence and control. Outdated practices largely established by Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution no longer maintain control, but rather create discord within the State. An analysis of increasing human rights violations highlights the forecast of instability within China and its effect on the region both politically and economically.