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The Wall Street Journal: Protectionism would hurt the U.S. economy, Mexican finance minister says

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Jose Antonio Meade speaks in Guatemala on June 26, 2015.

WASHINGTON—Mexican Finance Minister José Antonio Meade warned in an interview Saturday that adopting protectionist measures would hurt both the U.S. and Mexican economies.

The recent rise of antitrade political forces around the world, particularly in the U.S. where Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination on a protectionist platform, has worried finance ministers and central bankers assembled here for the fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund.

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That concern is particularly acute in Mexico, where exports account for about 35% of the economy.

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