A Letter From The Publisher: May 2, 1983

Mexico's largest trading partner is the U.S., and Mexico, in turn, is the U.S.'s third largest customer, after Canada and Japan. These days the U.S.-Mexico relationship has acquired considerable drama as the U.S.'s big Latin neighbor confronts its worst economic crisis in 40 years. Against this background, 35 U.S. corporate, philanthropic and university leaders joined 15 TIME editors and company officers on a five-day Newstour of Mexico and Panama. Like the seven other such trips sponsored by TIME in the past 20 years, the tour was designed to provide our Newstour guest journalists...

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