Honduran navy buys US$13.5 million boat from Colombia

President Juan Orlando Hernández, along with National Defense Minister Samuel Reyes and other officials, signed a purchase agreement on 22 November 2016 to buy a boat from Colombia for maritime patrol (La Prensa). El Heraldo reported on 27 November the total purchase amounts to US$13.5 million, which includes the boat, maintenance and training (La Prensa). Hernández emphasized Honduras' obligation to protect its territory, which includes a maritime territory double the size of the country, as drug traffickers and criminals have taken advantage of the state's current inability to patrol its maritime territory (La Prensa). According to El Heraldo, the boat, to be delivered in September 2017, has the capacity to be out to sea for 40 consecutive days and carry fifteen people.

Mexico and China strengthen military relations

Mexican military representatives signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on academic and military cooperation with China in a move to strengthen and deepen military relations between the two countries (Prensa Latina, 28 October 2016 and El Universal). During their working trip to China, Mexican Secretaries of National Defense and the Navy Salavador Cienfuegos and Vidal Francisco Soberón met with Chinese Deputy Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fang Changlong and agreed on the pact (Prensa Latina). The MOU was signed between China’s University of National Defense and Mexico’s National Defense College and officials hope it will raise their level of military relations to a new height and enhance their strategic partnership in the future (El Universal and Prensa Latina).