But unlike Japanese or Chinese exports to the United States, cars manufactured in Mexico contain about 40% of their parts purchased from the US.
This means that US manufacturers contribute to the total value of Mexican exports.
Synergies have driven Mexico into dependence on the United States. The US has had the option of shifting its imports away from China and sourcing from Mexico instead. This shift has had a huge impact on Mexico's growth.
It is also one of the reasons why the Mexicans are less than positive about their economic position.
Today, Mexico is seen as a land of drug dealers. But this perception is like viewing the United States as if it were Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s and the typical American as Al Capone.
The Mexican fear of the US is not unreasonable. Nor is the American fear of Mexico. It is easy to construct a tale of Mexico featuring cartels and illegal aliens seeking to plunder and terrify the country. There is a deep history between our nations, a history that regenerates in different ways at different times.
Everyone knows what Donald Trump has been saying about Mexico during his campaign and resents the way he preys on American fears. There is no denying these fears… or that Trump understands them.
There is also no denying that there is some truth to them. Yes, there are cartels and illegal immigrants (if fewer than before). But it is the distance between the Mexico that these fears conjure and the reality of what Mexico has become that is startling.
The Mexicans themselves don't even trust their own transformation. They expect success to be snatched from them-probably by the United States.
But here are the facts: Mexico is the 11th-largest economy in the world with free access to the largest economy in the world… not to mention, vast amounts of American investment pouring in.
It may still have to contend with the challenges of sharing a border with Central America, but with China in decline, even the poor of the south might be mobilized by the low-level industries that made China successful and that now seek a new home.
The borderland and the smugglers who live there do not represent Mexico. Mexico will be one of the top 10 economies in the world shortly, and since North America is now what Europe once was, the prospect of two great powers on one continent is worrisome.
Of course, most of us cannot imagine Mexico as a great power. Nor could most people have foreseen the emergence of China or the resurrection of Japan-or even the United States itself-as a great power.
This is a failure of imagination masquerading as common sense. I always doubt the ability of humanity to manage its future. The inevitable rolls over us. But here is a moment when an understanding of what Mexico has become might just have some real value, if only for our grandchildren.
Some economists are projecting that Mexico will be a top 5 economy in 20-25 years.
Fiddy, your shit country is nowhere near as strong, so just STFU, gyspsy queen.