We’re totally misunderstanding the difference between Mexico and China

12/20/2016 The Washington Post
mexican-flag1During the 2016 campaign, China and Mexico were often painted with the same political brush. President-elect Donald Trump described the countries as America’s biggest economic rivals, taking advantage of us, undermining growth and stealing jobs.

The view wasn’t confined to Republicans: Bernie Sanders won followers as he lambasted the government for crafting free trade deals that sent jobs to Mexico and China.

Mexico and China are similar in some ways. They’re both populous countries, with workers who on average make a fraction of what Americans make. They are currently America’s two largest sources of exports.

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