Argentina’s Milei Says He’d Reject ‘Assassin’ China, Leave Mercosur

August 21, 2023

(Bloomberg) -- Argentina’s presidential frontrunner Javier Milei would freeze relations with China and pull South America’s second-biggest economy out of the Mercosur trade bloc with Brazil, foreign policy proposals that are as radical as his economics. Read More: Argentina’s Milei Wouldn’t Dollarize Overnight, Adviser SaysDonald Trump is now ahead in the polls to secure the Republican nomination but Milei isn’t especially keen on being oft-compared to the former American president. “Mercosur is a customs union of poor quality that creates trade distortions and hurts its members,” he said. Argentina would again condemn Venezuela for its violation of human rights if he is picked president, Milei said, returning to the hard-line policy the country had until 2019 with President Mauricio Macri. (Updates with Chinese Foreign Ministry comment.)