Mexican Government

From the Latin American summit in Mar del Plata, Argentina to the forum of Pacific Rim countries in Busan, South Korea, President Vicente Fox is a man with a mission. His mission: to promote the U.S. model of free trade, as embodied in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

In Mar del Plata, Fox’s insistence on including a commitment to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in the final declaration at the Fourth Summit of the Americas led to diplomatic frictions with Argentina’s President Nestor Kirchner and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Even after the attempt failed to gain consensus, Fox bitterly criticized those he claimed