Not so long ago, Mexico and the United States were, in the title of a best-selling(畅销的)book ,”distant neighbors”, such was the gulf between them in everything from policies to ways of though. Now they are becoming closely linked. Not only have Mexico’s exports t the United States been growing at around 20% a year since the North American Free-trade agreement(NAFTA) came into effect in 1994, but th癫痫手术费用e twocountries are closer in other ways.
This week, Mexico began selling 50 megawatts(兆千瓦) of electricity, or enough to power 50,000homes, to California ― an ordinary neighborly transaction, but one that would once have been seen as close to treason, In the 1980s, Mexico was sill so paranoid(患妄想狂症)about foreign meddling(管闲事) that it protected even its criminals in the name of national sovereignt武汉癫痫病应该如何治疗y(主权). It has since begun extraditing(引渡) them to the United States. Mexico’s Supreme Court last month confirmed this was legal. Days later, a drug-runner bribed his way out of jail, prompting Vicente Fox, Mexico’s new president, to back extradition publicly.
Meanwhile, a majority of binational(两个国家的)bodies have sprung up to deal with shared problems such as migration(移民), border control and wat癫痫病能不能看好er shortages, as well as drug trafficking(非法买卖). To formally end the new closeness, on February 16th George Bush will make his first foreign trip as president, not to Canada, as many of his predecessors(前任)have, but to Mexico, to see Mr Fox.
Ironically, however, what may bring home most sharply to Mexicans the two countries’ changed relationship is the slowdown in the United States’ economy. Tha北京好的癫痫医院t is the main reason why growth in Mexico will slow from over 7% last year to 4% this year, according to the government’s forecast. Others say the figure could be lower. Like a small boat pulled behind a big ship, Mexico’s economy is able to go where America’s goes, but risks being striked in its wake.
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