MERCOSUR and Uruguay’s challenge

Last Tuesday, the Uruguayan government "disclosed" an open secret: the likely beginning of unilateral negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement with China. This is typical of a "free-riding" approach that leads a member of a group to its exclusion, in the short or long run.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Instability on the other side of the River Plate has always been frowned upon by the neighboring shore, and although a tradition of good neighborliness has been maintained, the past 2 decades have shown some friction between Argentina and Uruguay.

The installation of pulp mills in the Uruguay River virtually opposite the Nandubaysal beach resort, near Gualeguaychú, was nothing but a follow-up of Jorge Batlle's statements, to whom Argentines are a group of thieves ("chorros") with no exception ("from the first to the last").

Argentina's protectionist bias and its exchange and import controls . . .

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