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Mexico, US presidents to meet amid newly tense relationship

Mexico, US presidents to meet amid newly tense relationship

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S.-Mexico connection — a straightforward tradeoff throughout the Trump adminstration, accompanied by Mexico tamping down on migration with every one other accompanied by the U.S. not pressing on other issues — has become a wide range of disagreements over trade, overseas policy, vitality with every one other accompanied by climate change.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to pay someone a call Washington on Tuesday to meet accompanied by President Joe Biden, a month following López Obrador snubbed Biden's invitation to the Summit of the Americas inside Los Angeles. Mexico's leader had demanded that Biden inquire to the summit the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua with every one other accompanied by Venezuela — all countries accompanied by anti-democratic regimes — with every one other accompanied by he has too called U.S. support for Ukraine "a crass error."

On that, with every one other accompanied by other issues, it's understandable López Obrador is getting down a a large amount of worse accompanied by Biden than accompanied by Donald Trump, who threatened Mexico, nevertheless wanted only one thing from his southern neighbor: place an extremity to migrants from reaching the border.

"I believe it is additional that the Biden management has tried firm to re-institutionalize the connection with every one other accompanied by reinstate the connection that's not centered solely on immigration with every one other accompanied by trade. And I believe while a consequence that leads to issues coming up that AMLO is less comfortable talking about," Andrew Rudman, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, said, using the Spanish acronym by which Mexicans allude to to the president.

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U.S. officials want López Obrador to retreat on his reliance on fossil fuels with every one other accompanied by his military operation to good turn Mexico's state-owned power utility at the expense of foreign-built plants powered by gasoline with every one other accompanied by renewable energy. Washington has filed some complaints under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada without charge commerce accord pushing Mexico to enforce environmental laws with every one other accompanied by rules guaranteeing commerce union rights.

López Obrador too has angrily rejected some U.S. censure of the killings of journalists inside Mexico or his own efforts to weaken checks with every one other accompanied by balances inside Mexico's government. He is too angered by U.S. funding of civic with every one other accompanied by non-governmental groups inside Mexico that he claims are small portion of the opposition.

It all adds up to a witches' brew inside bilateral relations.

"At the extremity of the day, the difficulty is that you have the complete mismatch inside this relationship," said Arturo Sarukhan, who served while Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. from 2006 to 2013.

The United States "needs Mexico while a answer partner on each item from 'near shoring' (manufacturing for the U.S. market) … inside terms of competitiveness, inside terms of North American vitality security, vitality independence, vitality efficiency," Sarukhan said. "The difficulty is you have a Mexican president who doesn't protected from danger keeping concerning some of these things."

What the Mexican president is attentive inside talking concerning is inflation, which inside June spiked to almost 8%. Inflation with every one other accompanied by the monetary after-effects of the pandemic are leading an increasing number of Mexicans to emigrate — 22 of the 53 migrants who not long ago died following actuality deserted by smugglers inside a semi-trailer inside Texas were Mexican.

"We have to look for a way to take deed together, assist every one other inside controlling inflation," López Obrador said Friday. "That is a subject I am going to propose. We have a plan."

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the same day that the Bidens are looking forward to welcoming Lopez-Obrador with every one other accompanied by his spouse at the White House.

"They will talk over a broad with every one other accompanied by deep agenda, including join efforts on migration, food safety with every one other accompanied by monetary opportunity, with every one other accompanied by so the president looks forward to having that conversation," Jean-Pierre said.

She sidestepped questions concerning Lopez Obrador's repeated condition censure of the Biden administration, including U.S. efforts to extradite Wikileaks originator Julian Assange from the U.K. for prosecution.

"We see AMLO, the president of Mexico, while a partner," she said, adding that numerous conversations would exist had. "And I'm going to depart from it at that."

The question is how firm the Biden management is willing to push Mexico on anything.

With Republicans exist fond of Texas Gov. Greg Abbot relentlessly pointing at the migration issue, Mexico holds enormous leverage. It is under no indeed duty to receive anyone returned at its border except Mexican citizens, nevertheless it has allowed the U.S. to carry on accompanied by to deport migrants of other nationalities under Title 42 health regulations.

López Obrador poorly wants the U.S. to permit additional labour visas to Mexicans with every one other accompanied by Central Americans. While that remains a touchy matter inside U.S. domestic politics, additional visas could assist tame clandestine border crossings.

Increasing such visas "would seem to exist a way to resolve the labour shortage we have inside this country, with every one other accompanied by too lessen some of the pressure on Mexico with every one other accompanied by Central America," Rudman said. "So it seems exist fond of something that Lopez Obrador is for, with every one other accompanied by the Biden management strength exist inclined to offer."

Sarukhan thinks Biden is inside a circumstances similar to that of European leaders who essentially outsourced immigration controls on hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees with every one other accompanied by migrants to Turkey, which accepted them with every one other accompanied by prevented them from going on to Greece. The Europeans, inside exchange, have had to place up accompanied by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly autocratic ways with every one other accompanied by overseas policy snubs, he said.

"In numerous ways, the Biden management is inside its own Erdogan trap," said Sarukhan.

As if to underline the parallel, the Turkish president is scheduled to pay someone a call Mexico subsequent inside July, maybe to shore up a new sort of "non-aligned" bloc exist fond of the one that existed throughout the Cold War inside the 1960s with every one other accompanied by '70s.

López Obrador seldom passes up a chance to annoy the United States. He not long ago said the Statue of Liberty should exist dismantled with every one other accompanied by returned to France if Assange is imprisoned inside the U.S..

Still, there are some signs that Mexico has tried to build up for the summit with every one other accompanied by other slights.

In late May, Mexico started to crack down on hundreds of meth with every one other accompanied by fentanyl labs that have been sending to the U.S. a steady brook of those drugs, which have caused the overdose deaths of tens of thousands of Americans.

Mexico's seizures of meth labs went from sextet inside May to 72 inside June, with every one other accompanied by numerous of those labs become visible to have been operating for years. And days earlier to López Obrador left-hand for Washington, authorities raided set of two large warehouses inside the northern city of Culiacan, finding a fifty per cent of ton of fentanyl with every one other accompanied by a fifty per cent of million fentanyl pills.

Rudman is skeptical the Mexican armed force fair straight away found not here so numerous labs were operating. "How could Mexico not have known?" Rudman asks.

The question remains of why López Obrador got down so a a large amount of better accompanied by Trump than he does accompanied by Biden.

"I believe you tin argue that AMLO with every one other accompanied by Trump ran similar campaigns with every one other accompanied by won for similar reasons," said Rudman.

López Obrador's program of encouraging Mexican self-sufficiency inside food, vitality with every one other accompanied by other areas harkens spine to a Trump-like nationalism.

"It's build Mexico great again," Rudman said.

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Miller reported from Washington.

Mexico, US presidents to meet amid newly tense relationship

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