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Changing Sides? Mexico May Focus on Trade With China Amid Tensions With US

© AFP 2021 / Luis AcostaA Mexican flag flutters at the Zocalo square in Mexico City, on April 29, 2009. The World Health Organisation raised its flu alert to phase five out of six, WHO chief Margaret Chan said, signalling that a pandemic was "imminent" following the swine flu outbreak.
A Mexican flag flutters at the Zocalo square in Mexico City, on April 29, 2009. The World Health Organisation raised its flu alert to phase five out of six, WHO chief Margaret Chan said, signalling that a pandemic was imminent following the swine flu outbreak. - Sputnik International
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The Mexican secretary of economy has said that Mexico could focus on trade with China amid the strain in relations with the United States.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Mexico may focus on trade with China instead of the United States due to emerging tensions in trade relations with the neighboring country, Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal said Thursday.

"We are going to visit China in September to continue our agenda, and we will use this [visit] geopolitically as a strategic leverage [in trade]. We are sending a signal that we have a lot of alternatives [to the United States]," Guajardo said.

In December, Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi agreed on boosting trade and investment ties with then Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu. The talks took place after the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States.

US presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves after a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (out of frame) in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Trump's victory at the US presidential election was considered by the Mexican authorities as a threat to the US-Mexican trade relations as during his presidential campaign, Trump had pledged to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which Mexico is part of.

According to the US Department of State, Mexico's exports rely heavily on supplying the US market, but the country has also sought to diversify its export destinations. Nearly 80 percent of Mexico’s exports go to the United States, the Department's official figures showed.

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