Mexico looks beyond Trump-led America

US President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also wants to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Now, Mexico's concerns have become real.
Above: The Zocalo or main square in Mexico City has ancient Spanish churches built on even more ancient Aztec ruins. By 2050, Mexico will be the seventh-largest economy in the world, but its fate has been and will continue to be linked to the US econ
The Zocalo or main square in Mexico City has ancient Spanish churches built on even more ancient Aztec ruins. By 2050, Mexico will be the seventh-largest economy in the world, but its fate has been and will continue to be linked to the US economy.ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH
Above: The Zocalo or main square in Mexico City has ancient Spanish churches built on even more ancient Aztec ruins. By 2050, Mexico will be the seventh-largest economy in the world, but its fate has been and will continue to be linked to the US econ
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and US President Donald Trump, seen here at a Group of 20 summit last July in the German city of Hamburg, last had a conversation in February which left them both so annoyed that Mr Pena Nieto cancelled plans for a visit to the White House.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It could pivot to Asia amid unease over US leader's decisions, like building border wall

With President Donald Trump in the White House, Mexicans are once again fond of quoting an aphorism coined by their late writer Porfirio Diaz : "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."

Mexico City's Zocalo or main square is one of the most historic places on the planet, with ancient Spanish churches built on even more ancient Aztec ruins; the colonisers forced the locals to destroy their pyramidal temples and build churches out of the stone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Mexico looks beyond Trump-led America'. Print Edition | Subscribe