MEXICO CITY – Canada and Mexico are prepared to engage the United States on one of its most contentious demands for NAFTA, in an early indication that proposals currently deemed non-starters could, in theory, be redesigned into something all three countries can live with.It involves a U.S. idea deemed so hideous by the other parties that they refused to even look at it in the previous negotiating round. But with a significant facelift, the other countries say, the U.S. proposal could be turned into something a little more palatable, or at least worthy of discussion.That controversial U.S. idea: a five-year sunset clause.Also referred to as a termination clause, the proposal would end NAFTA after five years unless all three countries agree to extend it. Proposed by the Trump administration at the last negotiating round, the demand was derided by the other countries, business groups, and American lawmakers as a recipe for permanent uncertainty, contrary to the spirit of a trade agreement that is supposed to provide investor confidence.But as the latest round of talks kicks off in Mexico City, the other countries are revealing a willingness to discuss modifying the idea. They say the termination clause could be turned into a review clause, meaning the agreement would still undergo assessments at regular intervals — without creating a climate of constant uncertainty, in which the deal could be cancelled by default.The Mexican government has publicly and explicitly acknowledged its willingness to discuss this revised version. Now Canadian officials are saying similar things privately.“We are going with a counter-proposal: Let’s put more force into evaluations, but let’s not establish an automatic phase-out mechanism,” Mexico’s economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said this week. “Let’s establish a commitment that every five years we will evaluate what is happening, an analysis, what effects the agreement is having. And based on those results, each country can decide what to do in the future.”That’s compatible with the Canadian position.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have frequently spoken about the value of reviewing trade agreements, but have not publicly discussed the idea of embedding such a practice in a formal clause of NAFTA.Yet one Canadian official speaking on the condition that he not be identified opened the door on Thursday to discussing the idea.He said the notion of periodic NAFTA performance reviews is not new in trade agreements, nor is it something Canada would be unhappy to discuss should other countries wish to.But he said the original proposal of a so-called sunset clause remains out of bounds. He said it would make for permanent uncertainty, and is unnecessary as NAFTA already has a six-month termination clause that can be invoked at any time by an unhappy signatory.The apparent willingness to engage comes after an acrimonious round in Washington last month, where countries swatted aside each other’s major demands. At the end of the round, all three lead NAFTA ministers publicly scolded each other’s attitudes from the news conference stage.Those politicians, Freeland, Robert Lighthizer, and Guajardo, have announced they will not attend the current round. There are also reports they might miss the next round too, as the politicians retreat from the foreground to give negotiators space to work without all the discord in public view.This hint of willingness to compromise on a review-type clause raises the possibility that there might be some softer stances as the talks approach their hoped-for finish date of next March.That being said, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. business community remain unnerved by some American proposals and wonder what the Trump administration actually wants. Speculation is rife in all three capitals about whether the White House wants a deal, or whether it is attempting to sabotage the talks and set the stage for the announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA.More than six-dozen U.S. lawmakers wrote to Trump’s trade czar this week expressing concern about the handling of the NAFTA file.A trade consultant attending this week’s talks says this idea of a regular assessment could be a worthwhile discussion point, as long as it doesn’t come with a termination-by-default portion.He said regular reviews would not be so revolutionary. He pointed out that the current agreement’s Chapter 20 establishes a NAFTA Commission and gives it the power to consider new matters that might affect the operation of the agreement.“It is in fact rather normal to have periodic reviews to determine if the deal is working and can work better. It is not normally tied to killing the deal,” said Peter Clark, an Ottawa consultant.Laura Dawson of Washington’s Wilson Center agreed that some watered-down version of the initial U.S. demand might work.She said it might resemble the World Trade Organization’s policy-review mechanism, which requires all members to conduct a self-assessment and assessment by a panel of others every two, four or six years, although the WTO version doesn’t require countries to act in response to findings.“The review mechanism is probably reasonable,” Dawson said.
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is part of part of men and women entrepreneurs and young, but the young entrepreneurs must have the advantage of a young, since you want to go to start this road, then go to the early realization of entrepreneurship as early as possible, as early as you want to dream, we take a look at the current year strong entrepreneurs have what kind of advantages.
, a strong venture capital. Shenzhen is one of the most active areas for Youth Venture Capital Investment in china. In China more than and 200 venture capital firms in Shenzhen, accounting for 1/2, venture capital totaling about 12000000000 yuan, and the capital source of youth venture investment diversification, including state-owned asset management companies, listed companies and overseas Vc firms, banks, private capital.
two, youth entrepreneurship relaxed atmosphere. Shenzhen is a new immigrant city, inclusive, a variety of new ideas, new ideas will not be easily excluded. This kind of innovative culture with the characteristics of the times provides a good atmosphere for young entrepreneurs. Moreover, a higher degree of openness in Shenzhen, not subject to the constraints of traditional culture and regional culture, have a strong sense of identity for outsiders, more conducive to the development of young entrepreneurs free.
three, youth entrepreneurship environment class. As China’s first special economic zone in Shenzhen, there are many preferential policies. Shenzhen go-vern-ment high efficiency and transparency throughout the country, public education and income levels are among the best in the country, with neighboring Hongkong and multi-cultural atmosphere, make Shenzhen become "treasure of the young people".
four, the high-tech industry as the most active young domestic venture capital city, there are many preferential policies to support the Shenzhen high-tech industry is developing rapidly, especially electronic information, biotechnology, new materials, optical mechanical electrical integration field, gathered HUAWEI, ZTE, Lenovo, SKYWORTH, TCL, Kingdee etc. a number of domestic private high-tech enterprises.
six, the garment industry: after 20 years of development, the garment industry has become one of the dominant industries in Shenzhen. In particular, the apparel industry, relying on the unique geographical advantages of Shenzhen, labor intensive advantages, the advantages of foreign exports, the larger the development of space.
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