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The Politics of Trade

The Trump administration had set 30 September as the deadline for creation of a new trade agreement to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This deadline was based on timing the U.S. congressional approval process so that outgoing Mexican president Pena Nieto could sign the agreement before leaving office on 30 November. After an often-contentious year of negotiations between the three countries, the U.S. began to focus on just Mexico, which culminated in a new agreement with that country in late August. The U.S. then threatened to turn the three-party NAFTA into a two-party U.S./Mexican pact unless Canada was willing to accede to its demands by the specified date. Canada and the...

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