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López Obrador’s plan for Central America: If not the US, then China

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Analysis. The new Mexican president is defying the White House and Trump’s anti-migrant wall with an economic development project for the region—one that is already part of Beijing’s plans for the New Silk Road.

written by Roberto Livi

Topic Latin America

January 11, 2019

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a plan to deal with Donald Trump’s intransigence, as the American president seems hell-bent to force the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border.

First of all, he refused the arrangement proposed by the White House that Mexico be deemed a “safe third country,” which would have forced it to host tens of thousands of Central American migrants while the US courts decided their fate, and would have meant setting up refugee camps in Mexico.

Furthermore, he has put forward a plan to ensure economic development in the so-called ”Northern Triangle” of Central America ​​(Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala), in order to address the economic causes and the structural violence of capitalism that are pushing tens of thousands of people from this area to emigrate northward. It is a sort of Marshall Plan, which will also involve the southern states of Mexico and which will be based on four pillars: migration, trade, economic development and security, at a total cost of $30 billion, aimed at creating what Mexican Foreign........

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