In an ongoing series examining the consequences of President Trump’s policies on the region, Kevin Gallagher looks at what this administration’s trade policies will mean for China’s influence in Latin America.
With new market friendly governments in Argentina, Peru and Brazil and a looming collapse in Venezuela now is not the time for the U.S. to retrench its economic agenda in the region. Unfortunately, no one is standing up for trade.
This election has become the season of beating up on free trade. While the insecurity and anger that the argument has tapped into is real, reversing free trade will only strengthen the elite. It’s up to the people to bring it back and make it work for everyone.