Mexico deal shows Trump's trade strategy succeeding brilliantly

President Trump is following through on his promise to restructure the framework of U.S. foreign trade, and his strategy looks brilliant.  The deal he just negotiated with Mexico, leaving Canada on the sidelines, is described as a win-win pact, benefiting both countries. The key to benefit both sides is that China is the big loser.  With the deal tightening local (U.S. and Mexico) content requirements to 75%, up from 62.5%, and imposing a requirement that workers be paid at least $16 an hour on 40 to 45% of the content, Chinese auto parts and other supplies will be squeezed out.  The exports China gives up will be replaced by content produced by Mexican and U.S. workers. It is becoming clear to me that President Trump is mobilizing the principal trade partners of the U.S. to unite to pressure China.  That nation's gigantic ongoing theft of intellectual property, its currency manipulation, and its trade restrictions have led to chronic...(Read Full Post)