Mexico has long said it wouldn't be paying for a border wall with the U.S. On Thursday, officials used some cheeky language on President Donald Trump's favorite medium to reiterate their message. Mexico also has reached out to China to compensate for any loss of investment from the United States. Authorities said that in considering the mockups - built by six companies from across the United States - they will evaluate a number of characteristics including anti-breaching, anti-climbing and anti-digging capabilities.
FILE PHOTO: Flags are pictured during the fifth round of NAFTA talks involving the United States, Mexico and Canada, in Mexico City, Mexico, November 19, 2017.
"Montreal is going to be a decisive round", said Wendy Cutler, a former US trade negotiator who is now vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington.
Trump appeared at a farm conference this week and made less-aggressive-than-usual remarks about NAFTA.
Canada will suggest that the traditional standards for calculating auto parts is outdated, and leave out increasingly important intellectual-property contributions where the U.S.is a world leader.
Experts from the United States, Canada and Mexico offered that analysis January 10 during the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting, saying it would leave Mexico and Canada to devise a new way forward while sowing confusion and uncertainty among business leaders. "I think all of us are mindful of the Mexican elections", Freeland told reporters on the sidelines of a Cabinet retreat.
"You come up here (to Canada) and the situation's completely escalated". He's weighing both the political and economic consequences of issuing the notice to withdraw...
That report seems to have been a false alarm for now, but the response it provoked revealed another possibility: Is Trump less likely to leave NAFTA now than he was several months ago?
"I think Canadians understand that while we have a very good relationship with our largest trading partner, it's just the smart thing to do".
He'll need to decide whether to deploy it by spring, when the current schedule of rounds expires and the U.S. Congress debates extending a fast-track law setting rules for trade negotiations. "Insiders look for progress", said the source.
Freeland said Canada will enter the sixth round of NAFTA talks, to be held in Montreal Jan. 23 to 28, with a spirit of good will, and says it's "absolutely possible" to have a positive outcome.
"I thought that was a sensible suggestion from the President". "You can't ever put it back together". "(And) I don't think this administration has any intention to (truly) withdraw from NAFTA".