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Obama in Mexico to Boost Ties


President Obama is in Mexico today, above all else to deepen economic ties. Mexico has come very far in a relatively short amount of time, and President Enrique Peña Nieto will greet President Obama with the reputation of a capable reformist determined to turn Mexico into the prosperous North American power it has long sought to be. Mexico has already replaced Brazil as the darling of investors, and President Obama’s visit may lend Nieto’s administration still more credibility. The FT:

“We’ve spent so much time on security issues between the United States and Mexico that sometimes I think we forget this is a massive trading partner,” Mr Obama said on Tuesday.

“My impression is that the new president is serious about reform. He’s already made some tough decisions . . . that will improve the bilateral relationship as well.”

Indeed. Just yesterday, Mr. Nieto scored a big victory when Mexico’s legislature passed a bill to establish competition in the country’s hitherto monopolized telecommunications industry. And reforms in Mexico’s oil industry have US officials optimistic about US participation in their neighbor’s energy sector.

Security concerns haven’t disappeared, to be sure, and the relationship isn’t without its problems. Mexico appears to be reining in its previous policy of giving the US a free hand in combating drug trafficking, which saw the US freely interrogate Mexican officials and had American drones flying deep into Mexican territory. With drug violence still claiming dozens of lives a day, US officials are worried that Mr. Nieto wants to appear capable of combating the drug cartels alone when in fact he isn’t quite yet up to the task.

But there’s no denying that things are looking up. Mr. Nieto’s predecessor ran on fighting the drug war, an issue that dominated Mexican affairs and US-Mexican relations nearly to the exclusion of all else. Now, the expansion of trade and energy ties is winning the day, with some suggesting that Mexico should have a place in US-EU trade negotiations.

This is good news. Few things in this world could be as beneficial to US security and prosperity as a safe, friendly, and booming Mexico.

[US and Mexico flag image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Corlyss Drinkard

    Obama does well with our enemies. He should make the Mexicans very happy.

    • Kavanna

      Mexico is not an enemy. You should be envious. Mexico, like Canada, is serious about reform and liberalizing its economy. We should be so lucky here. Instead, we continue to head in the wrong direction, as we have for 12+ years.

  • Luke Lea

    How is it that all of Mexico’s presidents are white? Is it a secretly racist society? Can someone please explain?

    • Kavanna

      Like most Latin American countries, Mexico is mixed, some pure native, some white, a lot of mixed in between (mestizo). Most of the elite in most countries is white, for historical and economic reasons.

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