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South America’s Pacific Coast Nations enter a new era

February 24, 2014

The Pacific Alliance among Mexico, Columbia, Peru and Chile (and soon to expand to Costa Rica and possibly more nations) contains some of the most competitive and fastest growing economies in the world.   Taken together, they would represent the worlds 8th largest nation and 7th largest exporter.  Chile, in particular, has long been on my own personal list for a possible retirement landing spot.  The Pacific Alliance is taking the Pacific Century, and thus the need to pivot to Asia, more seriously than in is the US, where the Trans Pacific Partnership is captive to politics on the one hand and to a failure in presidential leadership on the other.

The Atlantic has a good discussion on how our neighbors to the south are outperforming us in this area.  America’s TPP partners in Asia are moving ahead; might there end up being a greater Trans Pacific Partnership without the US among its members?

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