Ecuador's withdrawal from a U.S. trade agreement exemplifies Ecuador's emergence as a leader in Latin America, which is divided in its relations with the United States. On Thursday , Ecuador unilaterally left the Andean Trade Preference and Drug Eradication Act, a preferential trade agreement with the United States. Quito meant to pre-empt what was likely to be a showdown with the U.S. Congress : Washington threatened to cancel the agreement over the possibility that Ecuador may offer asylum for former Booz Allen Hamilton employee Edward Snowden.
Ending the agreement is a superficial, albeit highly symbolic, gesture that reveals much about Ecuador's geopolitical position in Latin America.
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Ecuador Emerges as Latin America's Leftist Leader