Mexico’s President Apologizes to China for Something that Happened in 1911

“Apologize for wrongdoings to the Chinese community in Mexico.”

Mexico could be expecting China to defeat the US, so they’re making sure they’re in good terms with the Chinese.


Mexico’s president presented an apology Monday for a 1911 massacre in which over 300 Chinese people were slaughtered by revolutionary troops in the northern city of Torreón.

The apology is the latest in a series of ceremonies in which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sought to make amends for the mistreatment of Indigenous and minority people in Mexico in past centuries.

López Obrador said the point of the apology was to ensure “that this never, ever happens again,” noting that during the period, Chinese were mutilated or hung from telegraph poles.

López Obrador, Mexico’s president (Not even actually Mexican, by the looks of him).

“The discrimination was based on the most vile and offensive” stereotypes, López Obrador said, adding “these stupid ideas were transferred to Mexico, where extermination was added to exclusion and mistreatment.”

Yes, racism was “transferred” to Mexico by the evil gringos, somehow.

Many Chinese laborers had emigrated to Mexico in the 1800s, in some cases to work on the expansion of the nation’s rail network. But many set up businesses, farms and in Torreón, even a bank.

The 1911 killings of 303 Chinese men, women and children occurred during the chaotic period of the Mexican Revolution, when revolutionary troops overran Torreón, sealing the fate of long-time ruler Porfirio Díaz. The loss of the city led Díaz to resign and leave for exile.

Historian Monica Cinco Basurto said the massacre was far from the only anti-Chinese act in Mexico. Looting of Chinese-owned businesses and the expulsion or forced departure of Chinese — often without recognizing their Mexican citizenship or that of their children or wives — extended throughout northern Mexico into the 1930s.

López Obrador was accompanied during the apology ceremony by Chinese Ambassador Zhu Qingqiao.

Whatever the heck this weird action means, it does not show Mexican confidence in the United States’ war effort.

Zhu Qingqiao