Brazil VS Mexico | World Cup World Affairs Play-Offs

Brazil VS Mexico | World Cup World Affairs Play-Offs

A shared royal bloodline, the largest up and coming powerhouses’ in the world….but a growing distrust with one another….

What is going on between Brazil and Mexico? and what can we learn between their long and intertwined relationship?

One thing is for sure however, the beautiful game is not the only thing these nations get passionate about.

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The Federative Republic of Brazil and the United Mexican States share a very close but recently a growing sense of distrust of one another. They are two of the most populous nations in Latin America and are also recognised as two of the largest emerging economies. Both share royal heritage during the 1800s, in Brazil emperor Pedro II who when only five years of age left him as emperor of Brazil when his father abruptly abdicated his throne and made way to Europe in 1831. In Mexico Emperor Maximilian I was the monarch; both emperors being cousins.

History, Diplomacy and politics

Although no longer Kingdoms they still dominate regional political and economic affairs. Both nations are members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, G-20 major economies, Latin American Integration Association, Organization of American States, Organization of Ibero-American States and the United Nations.

Moreover, it is interesting to note that despite their cooperation on the international stage, one poll shows the growing dislike for Brazilians by Mexicans. According to a BBC World Service Poll conducted in 2011, 65% of Mexicans view Brazil’s influence positively, with 17% viewing it negatively, in 2013 this poll was conducted again and found that 49% of Mexicans view Brazil’s influence positively, with 25% viewing it negatively. It would be unfair however to categorically label Mexican-Brazilian relations as troublesome off the back of this one poll, it does perhaps give us an insight into a data point that the respective governments should look into. ¬†

Mexico recently elected a new President by the name of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrader who is a political veteran and who pledged to do away with the old way of politics in Mexico with a more positive and collaborative outlook towards foreign policy.  

Dwindling trade

Although in the same regional neighbourhood trade between Mexico and Brazil is negligible. Mexico’s largest export market is the US who imports 74% of Mexican goods totalling a trade value of $290 billion in 2016, with Canada being a far second with a 5.8% share of Mexican exports valued at $23 billion, with Brazil coming in 6th with a less than 1% share of Mexican exports in 2016 (.91% to be exact) equating to an export value of $3.59 billion.

Mexican Exports to Brazil include (2016);

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cars ‚Äď 19% – Trade Value: $683 million

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Vehicle Parts ‚Äď 13% – Trade Value: $461 million

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Polycarboxylic Acids ‚Äď 5.6% – Trade Value: $200 million

As for Brazil, their largest export markets include China who import 19% of Brazilian goods totalling a trade value of $36.6 billion, the USA with 12% ($23.4 billion), Argentina with 7.1% export share ($13.6 billion). Mexico comes in 7th with only 2.1% share of trade exports equating to $4.05 billion.

Brazilian Exports to Mexico include (2016);

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Transportation goods ‚Äď 18% – Trade Value: $916 million

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Mineral products like raw aluminium, pig iron and raw tin ‚Äď 7% – Trade Value: $189 million

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Iron Ore ‚Äď 3.6%- Trade Value: $145 million

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