Tao Te Ching
Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
States of the Unions
The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, is a three-country accord negotiated by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States that entered into force in January 1994.
The goal of NAFTA was to eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The implementation of NAFTA on January 1, 1994, brought the immediate elimination of tariffs on more than one-half of Mexico’s exports to the U.S. and more than one-third of U.S. exports to Mexico. Within 10 years of the implementation of the agreement, all U.S.-Mexico tariffs would be eliminated except for some U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico that were to be phased out within 15 years. Most U.S.-Canada trade was already duty-free. NAFTA also sought to eliminate non-tariff trade barriers and to protect the intellectual property rights on traded products.
The United States shares international land borders with two nations: The Canada–United States border to the north of the Contiguous United States and to the east of Alaska. The Mexico–United States border to the south. It will be interesting to see how we deal with out only two next-door neighbors.
On the broader landscape take a look at the illustration of the leading global economies.
EU borders are too convoluted to count.
China has 14 countries touching its border are India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal.
Japan is an island nation, which means it does not share land borders with other countries. Japan’s closest neighbors are Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China and Taiwan.
India is surrounded by a total of six countries in its South Asian location, including Pakistan, Burma, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. These countries mostly border India in northern directions, as the east, west, and south are largely encompassed by water.
Brazil shares a border with ten countries, including Argentina; Bolivia; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Uruguay 985; and Venezuela.
Canada is only bordered by the United States.
Russia is bordered by Norway and Finland, Estonia and Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (bordering Kaliningrad enclave), Belarus and Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, North Korea and China, for a total of 14 land neighbors. In the world GDP, it ranks just below India.
Mexico is bordered by the United States to the north and Belize and Guatemala to the south. It ranks just below Russia in GDP.
To look at these economies in more detail go here . . .