Analysis: in North America First Push, Biden, Trudeau, Lopez Obrador Aim at China

 

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Scherer and Dave Graham, Reuters

via U.S. News & World Report - Nov. 19, 2021

 

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - When U.S. President Joe Biden gathered the leaders of his closest neighbors at the White House on Thursday, far-off rival China was top of mind.

 

Trying to unify a collection of democracies to challenge China's growing economic and military clout, Biden has revived the so-called Three Amigos working group ditched by his predecessor Donald Trump.

 

While he did not say the word "China" in front of reporters, aides said the emphasis of his private meetings was on policies designed to counter a country that by some estimates could overtake the United States as the world's largest economy within a decade...

 

NAFTA

 

The economies of Canada, Mexico and the United States have been tightly bound since the 1994 implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was later replaced by a similar deal negotiated under Trump.

 

One rationale for the original deal was that North American trade on fair and open terms would make all three richer, more integrated and prepare them to better compete worldwide, including with an ascendant China…

 

... In viewing China as a rival, Biden has natural allies in Canada and Mexico...

 

... The comments marked a welcome return to putting North America first, said Ildefonso Guajardo, a former Mexican economy minister...

 

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