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Latin American illicit drug business

Problem: Weak Mexico-US cooperation

Theoretically at least, greater control and reduction of the fentanyl business can be achieved by closer cooperation along the three bilateral sides of the US-China-Mexico triangle. As we have seen, however, US-China cooperation reached a peak in 2019, and since 2020 it has run into serious difficulties. Because of entrenched super-power rivalry, it is unlikely to improve in the near future. China-Mexico cooperation, for its part, is likely to remain at fairly low levels. Bilateral trade is limited, and diplomatic relations have traditionally been given low priority by both governments.

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