The Latest: Mexico ‘does not agree’ with new US asylum rule

7/15/19 – AP News


Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says his country “does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum. That was a reference to measures announced Monday by the U.S. government to end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ebrard said at a news conference that a “safe third country” agreement with the United States “is not going to happen,” though he later appeared to hedge on that, saying only it would need prior congressional approval.

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U.S. West Coast Coal Exports Rise as Mexico to China Buy

10/21/14 Bloomberg

energy- oil pumps 2Coal exports from the U.S. West Coast rose to the highest in more than a decade amid demand from Mexico and Asia, providing a market for the power-plant fuel amid lower domestic consumption. Shipments from the western U.S. are up 35 percent to about 5 million tons through the first six months of this year, led by an almost six-fold jump in cargoes leaving San Francisco, according to the Energy Information Administration. That comes even as nationwide exports have fallen 15 percent.

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Pemex boss: looking to the US and to Asia

09/15/14 Financial Times

Oil barrelsEver pragmatic, the boss of Pemex, Mexico’s revamping state oil company, knows the first barrels of oil extracted from the enticing deepwater prospects in the Gulf of Mexico under the country’s historic energy reform will probably be processed and shipped through existing US infrastructure. But don’t be tempted to think that Pemex is taking its eye off Asia.

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Mexico moving to grow trade ties with Asia

drawing bar chartReuters, 8/27/2013

Asia could become twice as important to Mexico as an export market over the next five years as the country strengthens trade ties with the fast-growing economies of the region, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday.

Latin America’s biggest exporter is working to diversify its trade to reduce its dependence on the U.S. market, which takes in more than three quarters of Mexico’s exports. For years a peripheral market for Mexico, Asia has been growing in importance, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been at pains to bolster relations with China in particular since he took office at the start of December.

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Leaders of Latin America’s 4-nation Pacific Alliance trade bloc meet to discuss final form

Latin_America2Associated Press, 5/22/2013

The presidents of Colombia, Peru, Chile and Mexico meet in the western city of Cali on Thursday in hopes of completing a nascent trade bloc that looks to the European Union as a model and aims to further open their trade with Asia. The leaders of Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Spain, all interested in eventually joining the bloc, are due to attend as observers. Costa Rica was signing a free trade agreement with Colombia on Wednesday.

The Pacific Alliance was formally inaugurated last June. All its members but Colombia already belong to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an Asia-Pacific-wide trading bloc that includes Canada and the United States. In a televised speech Tuesday night, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, an economist and former foreign trade minister, called the alliance essential to “the most important process of integration in the history of Latin America.”

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Mexico and China look to trade away old rivalry

mexico-chinaThe Washington Post, 4/17/13

As the top suppliers of manufactured goods to the American market, China and Mexico have typically been in direct competition over the past decade. More often than not, the business went to China. But with labor costs rising there and Mexico pushing for new access to Chinese consumers, the rivalry is shifting, economists and trade analysts say.

No longer pure competitors but not quite partners, the two countries are moving toward an expanded trade relationship that could ultimately benefit the United States by boosting U.S. exports and keeping cheap imports flowing to U.S. consumers. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s recent trip to China, coming just four months into his term, has been viewed here as a smart overture aimed at mending ties between two nations that have often been at odds over trade issues.

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Op-ed: The 5 Major Conflicts in Mexico Today (In Spanish)

Enrique PeñaNieto 2By Mario Campos, ADN Político, 4/8/13

Teachers leading highway blockades and the police chasing after them; dead bodies hanging from bridges in the State of Mexico, while states like Yucatan have not had a single murder this year; a president on an Asia tour boasting the opening of key economic sectors, while opposition legislators back home say they are in no hurry to approve the changes; these seemingly isolated events must be understood as pieces of a greater history, and as elements of the five major conflicts that explain public life in Mexico today.

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Mexico’s Peña Nieto Seeks to Build Bridges With Latin American Tour

World Politics Review 9/26/12

Enrique Peña Nieto

Last week, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto began a diplomatic tour of Central and South America, including stops in Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. For Peña Nieto, who will take office Dec. 1, the trip was an effort to reset Mexico’s relations with other major players in the region…Andrew Selee, vice president for programs and senior adviser to the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, agreed that Peña Nieto would try to raise the profile of Mexico’s relationship with South American countries, but added that the effort might remain “more rhetorical than real.”

“It is unclear what issues the countries of the region can actually address together,” Selee said, “or whether they have the same economic and geopolitical priorities. But the Bolivarian dream of a united Latin America, or at least the modern version of a community of states in the hemisphere, remains alive in the political imagination of the region…”

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