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North American officials downplay trade tensions a year into pact

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Washington (AFP) – Trade ambassadors toasted the one-year anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday, and downplayed recent tensions between the countries as a normal aspect of engagement. “Implementation is ongoing,” US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the start of the pact that updated the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).   “Work on this agreement is never going to be finished,” Tai said, adding that the collective mission of the USMCA’s mechanisms is to “manage our frictions.” The new agreement en…

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