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Trump's anti-Nafta tirade may backfire

Talks to renegotiate Nafta are intractable. Mexico and Canada are looking elsewhere for trade, which may hurt Trump's electoral base of farmers.

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer speaking to reporters after the second round of talks on Nafta. He was less combative than in the first round, and sounded conciliatory by saying that he wanted "a good agreement".

THE North American Free Trade Association (Nafta) is generally considered a success. Imports and exports among the US, Canada and Mexico have increased significantly since 1993 (pre-Nafta).

The US exported US$231 billion in goods to Mexico last year, 433 per cent more than in 1993....