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August 20, 2017

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.

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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.

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August 19, 2017

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.

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Canadian labor unions believe the Trudeau government will push for provisions in a renegotiated NAFTA that would oblige the U.S. and Mexico to ratify the International Labor Organization's eight core conventions and address the U.S.' "right to work" states.

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August 18, 2017

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.

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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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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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U.S. negotiators are butting heads with their North American counterparts during the inaugural NAFTA renegotiation round over what the starting point should be on a variety of issues, sources said.

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August 17, 2017

U.S. NAFTA negotiators are expected to push a proposal backed by Florida-based producers that would allow seasonal growers to qualify as the domestic industry in trade remedy cases despite not representing 51 percent of the U.S. industry.

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Digital chapter texts to be included in the updated North American Free Trade Agreement were slated to be tabled by the U.S. at the first round of talks this week, industry and congressional sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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The U.S. has agreed to South Korea's request to hold a special session of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement's joint committee in Seoul, sources say.

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Auto industry stakeholders responded to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer's prioritization of a tightened auto rule of origin in the NAFTA renegotiation by laying out vastly different visions for what should be included in a retooled agreement.

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August 16, 2017

The U.S., Mexico and Canada could soon clash over their visions for how to update the North American Free Trade Agreement’s automotive rules of origin, with Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland forcefully pushing back against U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s call for “substantial” U.S. content in a new NAFTA.

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The U.S., Mexico and Canada could soon clash over their visions for how to update the North American Free Trade Agreement’s automotive rules of origin, with Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland forcefully pushing back against U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s call for “substantial” U.S. content in a new NAFTA.

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Major agriculture organizations from the U.S., Mexico and Canada on Wednesday voiced concerns about U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s focus on trade deficits in his opening remarks at the NAFTA renegotiation talks in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opened the inaugural NAFTA renegotiation round today with a stern warning that the U.S. intends to do far more than “tweak” the deal as it works to even out trade deficits.

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The U.S. should tread carefully in its pursuit of a modified U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and in its push to reduce its trade deficit with South Korea, a group of senior advisers has told the U.S. Trade Representative – cautioning that bilateral trade disputes should be approached warily in light of shared concerns over North Korea.

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August 15, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday as part of its investigation into whether the U.S. solar cell and module industry has been injured by foreign imports, probing petitioners on the proposed use of a seldom-used safeguard tool to provide relief for the U.S. industry.

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U.S. negotiators are expecting to table negotiating texts across a broad range of issues at this week's inaugural NAFTA renegotiation round, including a push for rules on currency manipulation, according to a USTR official.

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As the administration prepares for the biggest test of its trade policy overhaul in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a prominent critic -- in the president's own party -- is gaining attention for a broadside against Trump that includes a vigorous indictment of his stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his rhetoric on NAFTA.

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