Gearing Up For A `No'

The fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement may be out of his hands, but that's not stopping President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Mexico's jefe supremo is making one last blitz. In recent weeks, Salinas has toured South America, enlisting Latin neighbors to help pressure the U.S. to pass NAFTA. On a European trip in early October, he hinted that others, meaning Europeans and Asians, will be invited to share in the fruits of the Mexican market. Now he's preparing a series of moves to help ease Mexico through the economic aftershocks if the U.S. Congress dashes NAFTA in a scheduled vote on Nov. 18. Ironically, some measures are a lot like the policies NAFTA was supposed to cement in the first place.

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