The most contentious issues in the talks have included a proposal to require more auto manufacturing in the USA, seasonal barriers to agriculture trade, access to US procurement deals, dispute resolution mechanisms, and a clause that would terminate the deal after five years unless the nations agree to continue it.
Freeland had earlier sounded more upbeat, noting said nobody was expecting a deal to be struck in the current round of talks.
Earlier rounds had seen scant engagement on the most serious files - with the US dropping proposals that shocked the other countries, the other countries insulting the USA ideas and devoting one round to describing reasons why the American proposal on cars was so impractical. After the USA made proposals that shocked the other countries, those parties responded by insulting the US ideas and even devoted one round to describing reasons why the American proposal on cars was so impractical. "I think we have a good chance, but we'll see what happens". The new formulas would inflate USA numbers somewhat by including areas where the US dominates, such as intellectual property and research.
- On dispute resolution, the Canadians and Mexicans worked out a proposal to create a new investor-state dispute system that applies only to them. We're renegotiating it. I may terminate NAFTA. Mexico responded a few months ago by proposing a watered-down version, which would force countries to periodically review the effects of the agreement - but without an automatic-termination rule.
Despite signs of possible movement on the autos file, there remain large gaps between the United States and its partners, indicating much work must be done if the process is to wrap up by end-March as planned. One involves tasking NAFTA's central body, the Free Trade Commission, with conducting regular progress reports.
Tensions between Canada and the United States were set to rise on Friday when a USA trade commission is due to rule on whether to confirm steep anti-dumping tariffs on planemaker Bombardier Inc.Читайте также: Serial stowaway arrested again in Chicago's O'Hare Airport
A chapter on anti-coruption was closed, chapters on digital trade and telecommunications are more than 90 per cent done, and there's new engagement on some hard files, he said. "I would say cautiously so".
"NAFTA's a disgusting deal".
The round also avoided the bedevilling, politically fraught sticking point of dairy.
Again, the US negotiating team said it would consult its political bosses.
"My goal has always been to have a true, free trade in North America for dairy...." Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz told CNBC on Thursday that NAFTA is the "number one" thing that keeps him up at night. "And the broken part is obviously the Canadian side".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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