Trump’s Protectionism Has Mexico Looking South to Latin America for Trade

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray talks with Peruvian Foreign Relations Minister Ricardo Luna during a Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Vina del Mar, Chile, March 15, 2017 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray talks with Peruvian Foreign Relations Minister Ricardo Luna during a Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Vina del Mar, Chile, March 15, 2017 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

Earlier this month, the United States, Canada and Mexico concluded the seventh round of talks to amend the North American Free Trade Agreement, once again failing to agree on terms to update the 24-year-old pact that U.S. President Donald Trump promised to renegotiate. Trump’s threats to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA if he doesn’t get what he wants, on top of his other protectionist trade policies, have pushed Mexico to diversify its trade relationships, including with its neighbors in Latin America. In an email interview, Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, […]

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