Mexico gold mine killings jolt NAFTA talks

11/20/2017 Reuters

The fatal shooting of two workers in an apparent clash between unions at a Canadian-owned mine in Mexico angered labor activists at NAFTA talks on Monday who said the violence was an example of poor labor conditions in the country.

Gunmen shot the two workers on Saturday at a blockade mounted as part of a stoppage they were participating in at a gold mine owned by Toronto-based Torex Gold Resources Inc , Mexico’s National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers said in a statement.

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Canada, Mexico to rebuff U.S. over NAFTA goals as talks bog down

11/20/2017 Reuters

Canada and Mexico will rebuff the United States over its demand for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules, top officials said on Monday as negotiations to renew the treaty bogged down with only a few months to go.

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to quit NAFTA, which has reshaped the continent’s auto sector over the past 23 years, unless major changes can be made to return manufacturing jobs to the United States.

Canadian and Mexican negotiators will address the U.S. auto demands on Tuesday, the final day of the fifth round of talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, chief Mexican negotiator Ken Smith told reporters.

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Kill Nafta? It’s Not as Easy as Trump Might Think

11/14/2017 Bloomberg

U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly blasts the North American Free Trade Agreement and threatens to terminate the 1994 accord if talks to rewrite it don’t go his way. With the fifth round of negotiations set to resume on Nov. 15, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. remain deeply divided in five areas, including how to settle disputes and the amount of U.S. content in auto production. The terms of the Nafta treaty offer Trump an exit path, but considering the many complications involved, would he really pull the plug?

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Mexican ambassador: bilateral relationship will suffer without NAFTA

11/6/2017 The San Diego Union Tribune

Mexico’s ambassador to Washington warned that if the United States pulls out of the North American Free Trade Agreement “there will certainly be less willingness in Mexico to engage on other areas.”

NAFTA has been “the backbone of the bilateral relationship for the past 25 years,” ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez said in a weekend interview. “North American competitiveness very much depends on the health of NAFTA.”

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Some NAFTA talks to get early Nov. 15 start in Mexico: sources

11/6/2017 Reuters

U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials will kick off some of the next round of talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement slightly ahead of schedule on Nov. 15, four officials familiar with the process said on Monday.

The fifth round of NAFTA negotiations is due to be held between Nov. 17 -21 in Mexico City. However, some groups from the three nations will begin meeting from Nov. 15, the four officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Illinois Office of Tourism to expand to Mexico and China

us mex flag10/30/2017 The Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Office of Tourism will open offices in China and Mexico to attract foreign visitors and help boost the state’s tourism industry, officials announced Monday.

The government agency will expand into Mexico City on Nov. 1 and Beijing on Dec. 1, with three additional support offices in Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

About six to 10 people will work across the five offices on public relations, marketing and trade efforts for Illinois tourism, according to Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism.

Those individuals currently manage offices in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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Ditching NAFTA Not in America’s Best Interests

10/28/2017 Houston Chronicle

By Earl Anthony Wayne

Texas has the most to lose of any U.S. state if NAFTA talks go wrong. It has a great deal to gain if the talks to modernize NAFTA go well. Now that the negotiations have slowed over controversial U.S. proposals, Texans and their elected federal and state representatives should be making very clear to the Trump administration team overseeing the NAFTA negotiations that they should do no harm to the massive Texas-Mexico trade relationship, and rather focus on creating new opportunities.

The controversial U.S. proposals and hardball tactics, however, could freeze the talks or send them off the tracks. A decision to pull out of NAFTA, as President Trump has threatened, could cost 250,000 to 1.2 million U.S. jobs, according to one 2017 study. A failed NAFTA negotiation would endanger many thousands of Texas jobs, the state’s largest foreign client and cooperation along the border.

Texas trades $178 billion a year with Mexico. That is more than the entire United States trades with any single country in Europe. It translates into over $20 million of trade each hour: Things are bigger in Texas!

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