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Brazil & Mexico: Latin America's Two Biggest Economies Are Surprisingly Similar

Brazil is portrayed as the poster child for Latin American potential, while Mexico is the symbol for what's gone wrong. But with near identical growth rates and similarly ambivalent trading relationships with China, Brazil and Mexico share simila

Mexican President Felipe Calderón meets his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff (Roberto Stuckert)
Mexican President Felipe Calderón meets his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff (Roberto Stuckert)
Rodrigo Lara Serrano

Over the past decade, the respective global perceptions of Mexico and Brazil have grown ever more divergent. Mexico is portrayed as the caricature of a failing Latin American state, on the verge of being controlled by drug lords. Brazil, meanwhile, is seen as something like China's happy little brother.

But the truth is far more complicated, and it shows that the two countries, with Latin America's two largest economies, are not quite as different as some might think. Just look at their expected growth numbers for 2012: 3.3% for Mexico and 3.6% for Brazil.

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