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October 16, 2017

Europe’s Airbus will obtain a controlling stake in Bombardier's C Series aircraft in a joint effort with the Canadian company to ensure the viability of the plane, which is subject to preliminary U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties, though the companies claim the move was not driven by the trade case brought by Boeing.

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Former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday questioned the Trump administration’s political strategy for moving a revised NAFTA through Congress – as well as the congressional and business community response to presidential withdrawal threats and controversial U.S. proposals.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer clarified his objections with the World Trade Organization Appellate Body during a Monday meeting with WTO Director Roberto Azevêdo, but no clear path forward was identified, according to Azevêdo.

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October 14, 2017

The U.S. is sticking to its proposal to eliminate tariff preference levels for textiles and has advanced new language for a short-supply list that would function like the one in the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, but with fewer articles, sources told Inside U.S. Trade this week.

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Former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday questioned the Trump administration’s political strategy for moving a revised NAFTA through Congress -- as well as the congressional and business community response to presidential withdrawal threats and controversial U.S. proposals.

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If a U.S. NAFTA proposal to give seasonal growers standing in trade remedy cases makes it into a retooled agreement, the Mexican government would retaliate against U.S. grain and meat products, a leader of a Mexican agriculture group said on Friday.

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October 13, 2017

Top Democrats on the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees this week lamented what they view as a lack of response from the Labor Department on its assessment of any progress made by Colombia in an ongoing labor dispute under the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement.

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Matt Matthews, the U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, on Thursday outlined the Trump administration's priorities for the 2017 APEC summit, which will take place during President Trump's Asia tour in November, insisting the U.S. remains highly engaged in the region despite its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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October 12, 2017

Labor leaders from Mexico and Canada are criticizing a proposal the U.S. is expected to advance at the fourth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks this week that calls for autos to have at least half U.S.-sourced content to qualify for tariff-free treatment.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in a briefing with Republican members of the Ways & Means Committee last week, answered lawmakers’ concerns about controversial NAFTA proposals by emphasizing that he has “an audience of one” to please -- President Trump, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Trade ministers from about 40 countries have identified fisheries subsidies, public stockholding for food security purposes and domestic support for agriculture as areas that negotiators should focus their work ahead of the World Trade Organization's 11th ministerial, which is just two months away.

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Technology industry representatives today urged Congress to pressure the Trump administration to develop an international framework on digital trade policies and pushed for the inclusion of accountability mechanisms in trade deals to counter data localization requirements.

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A U.S. proposal to increase the NAFTA auto rule of origin, include a domestic content provision and eliminate tariff shift rules could cost the U.S. 24,000 jobs, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group commissioned by the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association.

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October 11, 2017

Automakers will learn to live with a higher NAFTA rule of origin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday, the first day of a fourth round of NAFTA talks.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that elements of his progressive trade agenda – including language on gender issues and indigenous rights, as well as on labor and the environment – are crucial to securing public support for a renegotiated NAFTA.

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Canada will have a tough time getting behind U.S. NAFTA proposals on automotive rules of origin, investor-state dispute settlement and government procurement, said Andrew Leslie, parliamentary secretary to Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, on Wednesday.

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House Democrats who met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week to discuss trade demands for NAFTA 2.0 say they were encouraged by the consultation but still want more details on key issues including the administration's plan for the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

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October 10, 2017

The fourth round of NAFTA talks, originally slated for Oct. 11-15 in Arlington, VA, has been extended by two days, according to a schedule of the round obtained by Inside U.S. Trade -- with ministers from the three countries slated to hold bilateral and trilateral meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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Members of the Chinese business community on Tuesday faced scrutiny from a panel of U.S. government representatives for their defense of alleged Chinese government intellectual property and technology transfer policies, which are under scrutiny by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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The Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity has outlined six “key principles” to include in a report aimed at assisting governments in their efforts to develop policy solutions, according to a draft obtained by Inside U.S Trade.

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