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The Wall Street Journal
Trump Officials Court Democrats Amid Nafta Talks

February 28, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and aides have been consulting with American unions and congressional Democrats over the past few weeks to assemble new proposals aimed at boosting Mexican workers’ rights and wages in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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World Trade Online
Mexican, Brazilian trade ministers in DC to ask for Section 232 exemptions

February 28, 2018

Trade delegations from Mexico and Brazil are meeting with administration officials this week to ask for exemptions from Section 232 remedies on steel and aluminum imports, while a top Chinese official is in Washington, DC, to discuss the cases with the U.S. Trade Representative and others, according to sources and press reports

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World Trade Online
Hatch predicts 'veto-proof' action to keep NAFTA if Trump withdraws

February 27, 2018

Congress likely will take “veto-proof” action to preserve the North America Free Trade Agreement if President Trump withdraws from the deal, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told reporters on Tuesday.

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The Wall Street Journal
Canadian Businesses Fear Investment Loss to U.S. After Tax Cuts

February 76, 2018

Canadian businesses are pushing the government to cut corporate taxes, fearing they will lose investment to the U.S. following the sweeping tax overhaul that the White House signed into law late last year.

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World Trade Online
U.S. won't make a new labor offer during round 7; Mexico to propose dispute settlement, investment, sunset text

February 26, 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has shared new text on labor with cleared advisers and Capitol Hill but will not put forward that text at the seventh North American Free Trade Agreement negotiating round in Mexico City this week, sources said

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World Trade Online
NAFTA rule-of-origin talks postponed after Lighthizer calls for autos meeting in DC

February 26, 2018

Improving labor rights in Mexico must be a central issue in reaching a new North American trade deal or the U.S. Congress won’t approve it, two Democratic lawmakers said on the eve of a new round of Nafta talks.

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Bloomberg
Low Mexico Wages Are Nafta Death Knell, House Democrats Say

February 26, 2018

Improving labor rights in Mexico must be a central issue in reaching a new North American trade deal or the U.S. Congress won’t approve it, two Democratic lawmakers said on the eve of a new round of Nafta talks.

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Bloomberg
American CEOs Say They’re Ready to Bring Jobs Home If Nafta Dies

February 26, 2018

In describing what life would be like without Nafta, some business groups have stopped just short of predicting a plague of locusts.

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The Wall Street Journal
Mexico, U.S. Cancel Meeting After Trump Refuses to Avoid Border-Wall Talk

February 25, 2018

Plans for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto have been shelved for the second time in a year over disagreements about the funding of a border wall, Trump administration officials said.

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World Trade Online
As Trump trashes trade deals, governors step in to defend them

February 25, 2018

As President Trump continues to voice criticism of trade agreements and the international trading system, U.S. governors and foreign leaders are stepping up their defense of trade and NAFTA in particular – a message the governors will deliver in meetings with Cabinet officials and lawmakers this week.

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NY
Exclusive: As Trump Trashes NAFTA, Mexico Turns to Brazilian Corn

February 23, 2018

Mexican buyers imported ten times more corn from Brazil last year amid concern that NAFTA renegotiations could disrupt their U.S. supplies, according to government data and top grains merchants.

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Bloomberg
With Elections to Win, One Nafta Team May Prefer to Keep Talking

February 23, 2018

The country is cranking into campaign mode at the same time as it prepares to host the latest round of trade wrangling next week. That means Mexican negotiators have a kind of dual mandate. They have to pursue the best outcome for the nation, while keeping one eye out for their bosses in the governing PRI, which is seeking to hang on to the presidency in July’s election.

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The Wall Street Journal
Trump and Canada May Chill a Nafta Deal

February 23, 2018

If there were ever a no-brainer in international trade, it would be free trade between the U.S. and Canada. The two countries are the closest of friends and allies, and their economies are so tightly linked that trade barriers with Canada could put eight million Americans out of work. And if you’re the sort who worries about trade deficits, the U.S. runs a $12.5 billion surplus with Canada in goods and services. Despite these benefits, however, the current renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement may result in a breakup between the two trading partners.

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World Trade Online
Pentagon warns of 'negative impact' of Section 232 remedies

February 23, 2018

While the Pentagon agrees that imports of steel and aluminum “impair” national security, it has warned that trade restrictions stemming from the Commerce Department Section 232 investigations could harm relationships with key allies.

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The Wall Street Journal
White House Reaches Out to Labor Unions on Trade Policy

February 21, 2018

President Donald Trump sought input Wednesday from the largest labor unions in the U.S. on trade policy, including the talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Politico
Investor dispute provision in NAFTA still at impasse ahead of Washington meeting

February 21, 2018

The contentious issue of what to do about investor disputes in the new NAFTA seems to be at an impasse as Canada is pledging to hold out on an earlier proposal.

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The Hill
Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

February 21, 2018

More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

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World Trade Online
Union leaders say meeting with Trump was 'productive'

February 21, 2018

“Labor is united in its view that NAFTA is a disaster for working people and must be fixed,” the heads of fix major unions said in a joint statement. “We had a very productive meeting which made clear to the president that a new NAFTA must create fair and balanced trade in North America.”

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Bloomberg
Next Nafta Talks Scheduled to Start With Auto Content Rules

February 19, 2018

Rules for automotive content, one of the most contentious issues in Nafta, will be among the first tackled at the upcoming seventh round of talks in Mexico City

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Bloomberg
World Trade Online
Following 232 reports' release, Schumer lifts one Commerce hold but keeps another to prod Trump

February 16, 2018

After the Commerce Department on Friday released long-awaited reports on the national security implications of steel and aluminum imports, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he would lift a hold on the administration's nominee for a top Commerce trade position as a “show of good faith” – but said he would preserve another hold until President Trump acts on Commerce’s Section 232 recommendations.

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Bloomberg
Next Round of Nafta Talks to Move Up a Day, Sources Say

February 15, 2018

The upcoming round of talks to renegotiate Nafta will start one day earlier than previously announced in order to accommodate ministers’ schedules, according to two people familiar with the plans.

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World Trade Online
Canada took NAFTA autos pitch to Capitol Hill, U.S. stakeholders, angering Lighthizer

February 15, 2018

After the sixth round of NAFTA talks wrapped up late last month, the Canadian government presented its automotive rule of origin ideas to the congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as U.S. industry and union leaders -- drawing the ire of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who sources said felt their engagement diminished his leverage in the talks.

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World Trade Online
Lapse in ITAC charters could keep cleared advisers from briefings during next NAFTA round

February 14, 2018

Industry stakeholders could find themselves without access to briefings by North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators during the next round of talks, as charters authorizing the advisers is set to expire on Tuesday with no guarantee that they will be renewed – and the advisers reappointed – before the Mexico City round begins.

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World Trade Online
Mnuchin, McKinney play down chances of NAFTA withdrawal

February 15, 2018

Two top Trump administration officials this week voiced optimism about concluding the renegotiation of NAFTA and dodging withdrawal from the deal.

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Bloomberg
Canada's NAFTA negotiator blasts U.S. government procurement proposal as 'worst' in history

February 13, 2018

The government procurement proposal the U.S. has put forward in NAFTA renegotiation talks is the “worst proposal that's ever been made in history,” Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator, Steve Verheul, said on Tuesday.

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Bloomberg
U.S. Touts Nafta Progress as Republicans Urge Trade Caution

February 13, 2018

The Trump administration is signaling progress on Nafta talks, particularly with Mexico, as Republican lawmakers voice support for a trade deal President Donald Trump has threatened repeatedly to abandon.

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The Wall Street Journal
Trump Mulls Tariffs, Quotas on Foreign Steel

February 13, 2018

President Donald Trump told lawmakers Tuesday that he is eyeing “tariffs and/or quotas” as a way of restricting U.S. imports of steel and aluminum on national-security grounds, but he acknowledged concerns that blocking metal imports could lead to price increases for U.S. industries that use the metals

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer: 20-25 Senate Democrats 'in reach' on NAFTA

February 14, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, asked by the president yesterday to update a room full of lawmakers on the NAFTA renegotiation, insisted the deal has a good chance of success – with significant Democratic support.

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The Wall Street Journal
Canada Laments ‘Limited Progress’ in Nafta Talks

February 12, 2018

The U.S. has exhibited little to no flexibility during talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, resulting in “fairly limited progress,” Canada’s chief negotiator told a conference here Tuesday.

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World Trade Online
Trump to host members of Congress for 232 discussion at the White House Tuesday

February 12, 2018

President Trump has invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House this week to share their views on the Section 232 investigations into steel and aluminum imports and how they affect national security..

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Reuters
End of NAFTA wouldn't be 'end of world': Mexican leftist's top diplomat

February 9, 2018

The collapse of NAFTA would not be a disaster for Mexico, the top foreign policy advisor to leftist presidential election frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, adding that Mexico should depend less on the United States and not interfere with regional neighbors.

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Financial Times
We need to talk about the Lighthizer Doctrine

February 9, 2018

Much has been made since his 2016 election of Donald Trump’s assault on the global trading system and the protectionist threat he poses to the international liberal order. And for that reason when Mr Trump went to Davos, the world’s business elites were waiting with bated breath. But a year into the Trump regime the globalists should perhaps be paying more attention to another man who took a much quieter approach to his visit to Davos this year: Robert Lighthizer

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Bloomberg
Nafta’s Red Tape Fight Hits a Snag

February 9, 2018

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are at odds over a proposal to beef up Nafta’s powers to cut red tape, as one major business group warns efforts to simplify regulations could end up taking a step backward.

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Bloomberg
Trudeau Sees ‘Clear Path Forward’ on Nafta

February 9, 2018

Trudeau capped a U.S. swing Saturday in Los Angeles after stops in Chicago and San Francisco. During the trip he rejected the belief that trade deals see one country “win” over another -- a veiled rebuke of Trump’s more transactional view of trade.

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World Trade Online
Sen. Scott, Lighthizer discussed review of Section 201 washers remedy after 18 months

February 9, 2018

In a White House meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) raised the possibility of decreasing the duration of newly imposed safeguard tariffs on washing machines, and later told Inside U.S. Trade that while he received no commitment from the USTR, Lighthizer said the remedies could be reviewed in a year and a half.

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SAGARPA
Impulsan SAGARPA y USDA mecanismos para optimizar el comercio de productos agroalimentarios entre México y Estados Unidos

February 8, 2018

El secretario de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA), José Calzada Rovirosa, y el subsecretario de Comercio Exterior y Asuntos Agropecuarios del Departamento de Agricultura de Estados Unidos (USDA), Ted McKinney, revisaron temas relacionados con el intercambio comercial de productos agroalimentarios entre ambas naciones.

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Reuters
Mexico says NAFTA rules of origin for autos will change

February 8, 2018

Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Thursday that the country had to be realistic about the rules of origin for automobiles under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying that the current level will change.

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World Trade Online
Canadian companies take Trump administration to court over solar tariffs

February 8, 2018

Three Canadian solar panel producers have filed a complaint in the Court of International Trade against the Trump administration over its imposition of Section 201 solar safeguard tariffs.

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World Trade Online
Freeland refuses to say if Canada wants binding indigenous, gender rights in NAFTA

February 8, 2018

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday refused to specify whether the language Canada is seeking on indigenous and gender rights in NAFTA will be binding or symbolic, despite repeatedly being pressed to do so during a hearing in Canada’s House of Commons.

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World Trade Online
Mexico's top NAFTA negotiator defends deal's 'trilateral nature'

February 8, 2018

Mexico's lead NAFTA negotiator wanted to get a few things off his chest on Thursday morning, using Twitter to defend the deal's “trilateral nature” a day after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was said to have suggested doing a separate deal with Mexico.

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World Trade Online
Canada would eschew MFN-forward rule in NAFTA services proposal

February 8, 2018

In the just-completed sixth round of NAFTA talks, Canada proposed withholding the extension of services market access it provides in future trade agreements with others to the U.S. and Mexico -- an approach U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called "unacceptable" and likened to a "poison pill."

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World Trade Online
Report: Mexico to bring auto regional content proposal to next NAFTA round

February 8, 2018

Mexico is planning to come to the next round of NAFTA talks with a proposal to hike auto regional content requirements, according to a senior government official – though he added there was “very little” room to move.

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The Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers Press Trump Administration on Nafta Dispute Resolution

February 7, 2018

Lawmakers from both parties urged President Donald Trump’s top negotiator in talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement to maintain dispute-resolution mechanisms that have been a central part of the 24-year-old pact.

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Financial Times
Trade deficit reality starts to bite for Trump

February 7, 2018

One way of viewing Donald Trump’s administration is as an extremely expensive education in economics for the president and his leading officials.

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The Wall Street Journal
Disputes Over Nafta Turn Provincial for Canada, U.S.

February 7, 2018

The Canadian province of Ontario, the nation’s biggest in population and economic terms, on Wednesday said it would restrict firms from New York from bidding on its government contracts in retaliation for the so-called Buy American measures state lawmakers have approved

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World Trade Online
Cornyn on Trudeau: 'Who is threatening an end to NAFTA now?'

February 7, 2018

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter late Wednesday after Trudeau again said Canada would walk away from a new NAFTA if it was a bad deal.

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World Trade Online
Coalition of Services Industries urges trade expansion in 2018

February 7, 2018

The Coalition of Services Industries is urging the Trump administration to maintain and expand trading relationships in 2018, according to an agenda the group released on Wednesday.

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World Trade Online
After White House meeting, Hatch says he likes Trump’s trade approach

February 7, 2018

Senate Finance Committee Republicans held what several termed a “constructive” meeting with President Trump on Wednesday, focusing on trade policy and NAFTA in particular and pleasing the panel chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who emerged saying he now liked the president’s trade approach.

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World Trade Online
A 'more hopeful' Perdue says a NAFTA deal will be completed in 2018

February 6, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he is optimistic the renegotiation of NAFTA will wrap up this year with the U.S. getting “a better deal” from both Mexico and Canada.

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World Trade Online
Finance Republicans head to the White House Wednesday to talk trade with Trump

February 6, 2018

Senate Finance Committee Republicans will discuss NAFTA and looming trade actions -- as well as their impacts on the U.S. economy -- with President Trump at the White House this week, senators and congressional aides told Inside U.S. Trade..

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World Trade Online
China requests WTO consultations with U.S. over safeguard actions

February 6, 2018

China is formally requesting consultations with the U.S. in Geneva over safeguard actions on imports of washing machines and solar cells, which are set to go into force on Wednesday, saying they violate several World Trade Organization rules.

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World Trade Online
Reichert, Pascrell to press Lighthizer on NAFTA enforcement at Ways & Means meeting

February 6, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will face questions on how a revamped NAFTA deal will be enforced when he meets with the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday morning, the chair and ranking member of the panel’s trade subcommittee told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Financial Times
US trade deficit grows 12.1% in Trump’s first year

February 6, 2018

The US trade deficit grew 12.1 per cent to its highest level since 2008 in Donald Trump’s first year in office, suggesting that the president is making little headway in his promise to rewrite America’s trading relationship with the world. Economists say the surge in the US goods and services deficit to $566bn last year was mostly caused by an improving domestic economy and rising demand from consumers and companies for imported goods

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The Wall Street Journal
China Launches Probe Over U.S. Sorghum Imports

February 5, 2018

China’s Commerce Ministry said Sunday that it initiated an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation after preliminarily finding that heavy volumes and low prices of American exports of sorghum, bolstered by U.S. government subsidies, hurt Chinese growers

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New York Times
Tillerson Tries to Soothe Troubled Allies in Latin America. It’s Not an Easy Sell

February 5, 2018

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Friday took on the daunting task of resetting relations with Latin America, a region where President Trump’s anti-immigrant invective and his disdain for trade ties are rattling allies of the United States

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World Trade Online
Australian ambassador: No talk of delaying TPP-11 so the U.S. can come back

February 5, 2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries have not discussed delaying the deal's signing to accommodate possible interest from the United States, Australia’s ambassador to the U.S., Joe Hockey, said on Monday

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World Trade Online
Trump pledges action in two to three months against countries that treat the U.S. 'unfairly'

February 5, 2018

Claiming credit for what he described as a flood of jobs and companies returning to the U.S., Trump diverted from prepared remarks to say “wait until you see what's happening over the next two or three months, with what we're doing to countries that have treated us so unfairly

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World Trade Online
Malpass: 'Stronger' trade negotiators one reason U.S. could reconsider TPP

February 2, 2018

A top Treasury official said on Friday that a tougher trade negotiating team installed by President Trump is one reason the U.S. could reconsider its stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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World Trade Online
Canada, in ‘poison pill’ approach derided by the U.S., would eschew MFN-forward rule in NAFTA

February 2, 2018

In the just-completed sixth round of NAFTA talks, Canada proposed withholding the extension of services market access it provides in future trade agreements with others to the U.S. and Mexico -- an approach U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called “unacceptable” and likened to a “poison pill.”

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World Trade Online
Awaiting word on 232 probes, steel and aluminum makers and users weigh in again with Trump

February 2, 2018

The White House's silence on the Section 232 investigations into steel and aluminum imports has sparked manufacturers and users to weigh in again on the merits – or perils – of aggressive remedies.

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Bloomberg
There's Nafta Hope Yet So Long As Trump Is At Table

February 1, 2018

Canada wants a Nafta deal as soon it can get one. Until then, every day of talks is better than the alternative.

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Bloomberg
Canada Wants Electric, Driverless Cars to Factor in Nafta

February 1, 2018

Canada wants North American automakers to get extra credit for making cars more environmentally friendly or able to drive themselves as negotiators try to bridge one of Nafta’s sharpest divides.

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Bloomberg
Lopez Obrador’s Nafta Chief Intends to Keep Mexico in Agreement

February 1, 2018

The Harvard-educated historian and economist who’ll run Nafta negotiations for Mexico if Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins in July said that the deal is a valuable part of the nation’s economy and she wouldn’t seek to start over fresh on work to modernize it.

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New York Times
Mexico Debate Swirls Over 'Opaque' Talks With U.S. as Tillerson Lands

February 1, 2018

The United States' top diplomat landed in Mexico on Thursday with debate swirling over the government's efforts to win favor with Washington and save the NAFTA pact from collapse, sparking concerns it is ceding sovereignty to its northern neighbor.

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World Trade Online
Progress lags on thorny NAFTA issues; anti-corruption chapter closed

February 1, 2018

The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations wrapped up on Jan. 29 with a chapter on anti-corruption closed and significant progress made on several others that have been near completion for months, sources here told Inside U.S. Trade, but the three countries have not made headway on labor and other controversial issues.

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World Trade Online
Trump's openness to TPP adds new dimension to TPP-11 conclusion

February 1, 2018

Days after the 11 parties to the new Trans-Pacific Partnership announced they had concluded negotiations for a deal without the U.S., President Trump said he would be open to negotiating some form of multilateral trade agreement with those countries -- adding a new dimension to the countries' goal of signing the TPP-11 in March

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