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5 Top Reads
The World This Weekend
The U.S.-Mexico relationship takes a hit, a shake-up in the Knesset, and Britain’s search for another prime minister.
This week, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened new tariffs on Mexico, potentially jeopardizing his efforts to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, even in the midst of the ongoing U.S. trade war with China.
In Israel, the Knesset voted to dissolve itself and hold a new parliamentary election, slated for Sept. 17. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to precarity is likely to undercut the Trump administration’s long-promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
Meanwhile, Chinese Australians are finding that they face increasing suspicion of spreading foreign influence, as the Chinese Communist Party cracks down on dissent in the diaspora.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top five weekend reads.
Trump’s new threat to levy tariffs on all Mexican imports until migration across the southern border drops beneath an unspecified target is bound to have consequences. Among them could be a closer bond between China and Mexico, another U.S. recession, and damage to Trump’s reelection chances in 2020, Foreign Policy’s Keith Johnson reports.
Trump has called his administration’s proposed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan the “deal of the century.” But Israel’s election season, which is about to start all over again, could prevent the proposal from even being introduced, Joshua Mitnick reports.
Japan’s legal excuses over slave labor are weak at best, S. Nathan Park writes.
As Beijing fails to draw a sharp distinction between its citizens and the diaspora, Canberra continues to foster a political environment in which discrimination and outright Sinophobia flourish, Jieh-Yung Lo writes.
Boris Johnson could be Britain’s next prime minister. Behind his bluster and Brexiteering, there are some hefty qualifications and a track record that shows a distracted politician with little interest in detail and who is unlikely to be capable of steering his country out of its current predicament, Stephen Paduano writes.