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Nafta negotiations shift down a gear with eyes on US lobbyists

US business groups want White House to back down from proposals seen as damaging to corporate interests

The US is said to be frustrated with what it perceives to be the reluctance of Canada and Mexico to present counter-proposals to US positions on key issues such as regional content requirements and dispute settlement.

Mexico City

THE latest Nafta talks have proven far less dramatic than the fireworks of earlier rounds, though any deal remains far off as Mexico and Canada hold out hope the US will soften its demands.

The fifth round of talks, which began in Mexico City on Nov 15 and wraps up on...

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