Video: Mexico's Future Trade Policy

From NAFTA negotiations to Chinese relations, panelists explored Mexico’s trade opportunities under incoming President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


  • Arturo Sarukhan, President, Sarukhan & Associates LLC; Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Bruce Andrews, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Miriam Sapiro, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, SVC Public Affairs; Former Acting U.S. Trade Representative

NAFTA negotiations could conclude as soon as the end of August, but even if they don't, incoming Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has signaled his commitment to a successful renegotiation. Panelists at a Washington, DC event discussed the challenges that would remain in ratifying the pact under each country’s Congress, areas where AMLO's views on trade overlap with those of U.S. President Donald Trump, and how Mexico should continue to diversify its trade ties overall—especially with China. “If I were the Mexican president, I would start flirting with the Chinese a little bit more, especially as the United States becomes an unreliable partner,” said Bruce Andrews.

Learn more about AMLO in our Mexico Election Guide.