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Mar 2, 2018 0 Comments

Mexico’s Elections Matter to the U.S. and China

Fernando Menéndez remarks on Tillerson’s recent trip to Latin America, the upcoming election in Mexico, and the future of US-Mexican relations in his latest article for China-US Focus.

Tillerson’s trip highlighted a few important things. The “first is the upcoming election in Mexico which, contrary to the prevailing winds, may place a hostile, anti-U.S. demagogue at the head of the U.S.’s largest trade partner south of the border.”

This demagogue is “front-runner, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO), an admirer of the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions with a long history of demonstrated support for other leftist and populist causes. 

 Tillerson’s trip also stressed the “long-term issue [of] the growing presence and influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the hemisphere via economic opportunities. President López Obrador may take a page from the populist playbook by opening a wider door to China as a counterweight to the U.S. in Mexico and raising tensions further.”

This election comes at a time when the relationship between the United States and Mexico is deteriorating, giving Mexico and China the opportunity to recalculate theirs.

 

Read the full article at China-US Focus, here.

About the Author
  • FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ
    FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ Fernando D. Menéndez is a senior fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), and an economist and expert on the political and economic affairs in Latin America. His work focuses on Cuba, China and emerging economies in the region. Follow him on Twitter @fdmenendez
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