Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Miguel Ramirez

Second Advisor

Janet Bauer

Third Advisor

Vijay Prashad


Since the 1980s Mexico has implemented various economic policies that have improved its financial system at times. All the policies have ultimately failed. Since the 1990s both Mexico and China have made progress in foreign trade with their respective trade organizations. Mexico entered the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 and China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. In spite of being a part of two different trade organizations, both countries had a significant increase on their GDP and consequently a change of focus and direction towards their internal investments to enhance their production of exports. Unfortunately, these two counties have recently experienced frequent overlapping of their exports; which has increased the competition between the two countries. This thesis examines the possibilities and procedures that Mexico, along with its NAFTA partners, must follow in order to evade the economic harm generated by the rise of the Chinese economy.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.