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NAFTA parties tout ambitious time line after avoiding contentious issues during first round

The United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday jointly emphasized an ambitious time line and touted progress made in the inaugural NAFTA renegotiation round, though sources said negotiators avoided the most controversial issues -- some of which could torpedo negotiations -- during the five-day talks.

U.S. seeking biotech provisions, export subsidies ban in NAFTA agriculture talks

U.S. NAFTA negotiators are discussing provisions that would regulate biotechnology imports, as well as a possible ban on agricultural export subsidies, according to a source familiar with the renegotiation discussions.

Sources: USTR considering ISDS proposal that would require NAFTA countries to opt in

U.S. negotiators are considering a new approach to the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism featuring an opt-in clause that would allow each of the three NAFTA countries to decide whether to use the provision, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

USTR officially begins Section 301 probe of Chinese tech transfer, IP, innovation practices

The same week he was ordered by the president to consider the move, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has officially initiated an investigation of Chinese technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Analysts see obstacles to Trump landing big 301 or 232 blow against China

While President Trump and the more economic nationalist members of his administration are planning to hit China with penalties related to steel and aluminum overcapacity and intellectual property theft, they continue to face opposition to sweeping actions against Beijing from multiple fronts within and outside the administration -- as well as vexing geopolitical complexities that so far have stymied bold action, analysts told Inside U.S. Trade.

Analysts see obstacles to Trump landing big 301 or 232 blows against China

While President Trump and the more economic nationalist members of his administration are planning to hit China with penalties related to steel and aluminum overcapacity and intellectual property theft, they continue to face opposition to sweeping actions against Beijing from multiple fronts within and outside the administration -- as well as vexing geopolitical complexities that so far have stymied bold action, analysts told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Just days after the conclusion of the inaugural NAFTA round in Washington, DC, U.S. negotiators will head to Seoul on Tuesday for the first special session of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement's joint committee.

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