Formed in 2011, the Pacific Alliance is a trade bloc of Latin American countries that include Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. But in a time when an economic powerhouse like the US sees its president take a stand against foreign business, workers, and, in general, foreigners, will a similar division strike other countries?
Trump not only continues to pursue extending a wall between the US and Mexico, but says he will have the Latin American country pay for it. He has also threatened to tax imports from Mexico, despite the fact that in 2015 Mexico ranked the third global supplier to the States.
According to a report from Reuters, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) was one of the first leaders of a country typically considered a US ally to express his concern and disapproval regarding Trump's actions.
“Right now one of us is facing serious difficulties that are not of its own making,” said PPK, while on an official visit to his Colombian counterpart. “We have to stand together on our ideals, on global trade which has done us so much good.”
The president did not shy away from the realities however, as he continued to comment that living in a globalized world is a game of give and take.
“Of course there are costs to global trade, of course there are job losses, but it’s also clear that the benefits are bigger.”
Before embarking on a political career in Peru, PPK, a graduate from Princeton University, spent many years in the US, working for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
For his part, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos noted that now is the time to 'join the call of countries that adhere to the principles that have been so good for the world: free trade, respect for treaties… multilateral solutions.”
What do you think readers: will Trump’s anti-Mexico stance divide Latin America?