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Lighthizer nixes Capitol Hill meetings to clear space for NAFTA talks; leaves for China Tuesday

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has canceled plans to meet on Thursday with the New Democrat Coalition, other Democratic lawmakers and first-term Republicans as intense ministerial-level talks on NAFTA continue in Washington, DC, and he prepares to leave for China along with other administration officials next Tuesday, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

U.S. dairy groups urge Mexico to reconsider GIs in trade deal with EU

Major U.S. dairy groups are warning of the consequences of geographical indications for some cheeses in an updated trade deal between Mexico and the European Union and urging Mexico to reconsider them before the pact is finalized.

Sources: New U.S. NAFTA labor text clarifies May 10, CAFTA language

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has submitted to stakeholders and Capitol Hill new labor text to include in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement that would clarify language cited last year in a U.S. loss in a labor dispute against Guatemala, according to sources familiar with it.

Commission official: EU will not agree to voluntary export restraints

A European Commission official told the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee this week that EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has made clear to her U.S. counterpart that Europe will not agree to voluntary export restraints to avoid tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Macron stresses WTO compliance when asked about 232 exemption

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said France as a member of the European Union prioritizes adhering to World Trade Organization rules, but dodged a question on whether the EU will receive a permanent exemption to the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs when asked about them.

Trump: Mnuchin, Lighthizer to travel to China to 'negotiate on trade' in coming days

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to China “in a few days” to talk trade, Trump said on Tuesday, adding he thinks there is a “very good chance of making a deal” of sorts with Beijing.

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During separate White House visits this week, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will push President Trump to exclude the European Union from the U.S.’ global tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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