As tensions continue to mount between the U.S and Mexico following President Trump’s executive order to start building the massive border wall between the two nations “in months”- the President of Bolivia has reached out to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with the alternative to “look to the south” and focus on the building of Latin American unity instead of its diminishing relationship with the U.S.
As reported by Rick Kearns for ICMN
Bolivian President Evo Morales (Aymara) used Trump’s favorite form of communication to urge Mexico to “look to the south” for other possibilities.
On January 26, Morales sent a tweet directed at Mexicans.
“I am calling on our Mexican brothers to look more to the south; to build unity together in our Latin American and Caribbean identity.”
Capitalizing on the opportunity to create unity and advance relations between Mexico and Bolivia, Morales “sent the message the same week that Trump issued his border wall executive order.” And as the hemisphere’s only indigenous head of state, his reaction to the order highlighted the notions of colonialism that the U.S is still guilty of until his day.
“To the north they build walls against Latinos, but it doesn’t stop their interventions nor military bases throughout the world. A life of injustice from racism and fascism,” Morales Tweeted on January 31.
Morales’ messages were sent just before and after the meeting between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Trump was canceled.
While Morales did not specify increasing trade or other agreements between Mexico and Bolivia or Latin America in general, his country is part of a growing alliance of Latin American nations.
Bolivia is part of UNASUR, an intergovernmental body and trading bloc of Latin American nations that includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Trade between Mexico and UNASUR countries is extensive, including commerce with Bolivia.
Bolivia’s major exports include natural gas, silver, zinc, soybeans and related products. While Mexico is not on the list of Bolivia’s top countries that receive its exports, it is on the list of top import countries: Bolivia already imports over $270 million worth of products from Mexico.
Conversely, the only major trading partner for Mexico from UNASUR is Brazil, to which it exports over $3.7 billion in products and imports over $4.6 billion worth of materials.
What do you think about Morales reaching out to Mexico to build unity for a stronger Latin America and Carribean identity? What would be the consequences for the United States if Latin American and Carribean countries dealt within themselves no longer needing to sustain a relationship with the U.S?
If Trump keeps up the way that he has over the mere 2 weeks he has been in office, Mexico and many of America’s other allies will join other allegiances leaving the United States high and dry. As world leaders are distancing themselves from the U.S President and his administration, America is no longer being viewed as a nation of progress, but instead a nation that is regressing at an alarming rate.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)