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Peter Navarro, whose influence on trade policy was seen as diminished when his office was moved under the National Economic Council last year, is being promoted to an “assistant to the president” role -- a move likely to elevate his ability to impact looming trade actions and ongoing negotiations, sources briefed on the personnel decision told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Amy Karpel was chief counsel for negotiations, legislation and administrative law.

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“Labor rights in Mexico is not an issue that can be sidestepped.”

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The top stories from this week's issue of Inside U.S. Trade.

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Hassett: “There are a lot of decisions coming up, and our job is to provide objective analysis of the plusses and minuses of each of the moves that are being considered.”

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“DoD recognizes that among these reports’ alternatives, targeted tariffs are more preferable than a global quota or global tariff.”

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The U.S. needs a new approach to Africa that is focused more on developing commercial ties and less on providing aid, analysts and government officials said Friday.

A web of Chinese food safety standards, “mercantilist” policies, trade agreements that exclude the U.S. and other non-tariff barriers are making it difficult for U.S. agricultural exporters to ship their products to China, a senior Agriculture Department official said Friday.

Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee are demanding hearings on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In a Feb. 22 letter to trade subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA), ranking member Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and 14 other Democrats say neither the trade panel nor the full committee has held a hearing with an administration witness since the renegotiation effort kicked off last year.

A pair of policy documents released by the administration this week outline how the Trump administration plans to make recalibrating the U.S. trade relationship with China a key piece of a broader 2018 trade strategy.

During a meeting with their U.S. counterparts this week, Canadian negotiators will pitch the elimination of the deal’s investor-state dispute settlement provision -- and the U.S. is expected to agree to that proposal, allowing for what private-sector and congressional sources called a “win” for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in one of his priority areas in the talks.

Colombia’s quest to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which could be concluded as soon as April, could have major implications for other Latin American countries -- such as Brazil -- as well as future trade relations with the U.S., according to analysts and private-sector sources.

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  • During a meeting with their U.S. counterparts this week, Canadian negotiators will pitch the elimination of the deal’s investor-state dispute settlement provision -- and the U.S. is expected to agree to that proposal, allowing for what private-sector and congressional sources called a “win” for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in one of his priority areas in the talks.

  • A large group of Republican senators, ahead of the Australian Prime Minister’s visit to the White House next week, will encourage President Trump to re-engage with the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries on an “improved” deal, saying that re-joining TPP would build on the economic growth he has facilitated through the tax bill and regulatory reforms.