The first round of the tripartite Canada-Mexico-US talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) were held in Washington DC between 16 and 20 August. How they will progress is still something of a guessing game with the US in particular setting potentially overambitious objectives while simultaneously suggesting Nafta might be doomed anyway. What is clear is that the Nafta talks are going to play a major part in the domestic political timetables of both Mexico and the US.

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