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U.S., Mexico resume talks to avert tariffs as deadline approaches

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(Reuters) – U.S. and Mexican negotiators resumed migration talks on Friday to try to avert a potential trade war that could hurt both countries’ economies and rattle investors already nervous about Washington’s escalating battle with China.

FILE PHOTO: Trucks are seen arriving at a border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

U.S. President Donald Trump shook global markets, Mexican officials and his fellow Republicans in Congress last week by threatening 5% tariffs on Mexican imports starting on Monday if Mexico did not do more to stem an increase in migrants heading for the U.S. southern border.

Here’s a snapshot of latest developments on Friday:

– President Donald Trump said in a tweet that there was a “good chance” the United States would be able to reach a deal with Mexico. But he added: “If we are unable to make the deal, Mexico will begin paying Tariffs at the 5% level on Monday!”

– Mexico’s peso, which has been battered by fears of a trade war with its biggest market, strengthened more than 0.5% against the dollar after the tweet.

– The White House said the United States is on track to implement the tariffs on Mexican goods on Monday. “Our position is still the same and we’re moving forward with the tariffs. They’ll go into effect on Monday,” , White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

– Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of “unbridled economic egoism” and said Washington’s tactics would lead to trade wars and “maybe not just trade wars.” Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking at the same event, called on world powers to protect the global multilateral trade system.

– U.S. officials officially granted Chinese exporters two more weeks to get their products into the United States before increasing tariffs on those items, according to a U.S. government notice posted online on Friday.

– Global equities rose on the prospect that central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, would loosen monetary policy to offset trade frictions and the threat of global recession, while news the United States would give China more time to avoid a tariff hike added to market optimism.

– Economists say the trade disputes could damage key supply lines and pinch consumers at a time when the global economic expansion that followed the 2008 financial crisis has started to sour and the risk of recession has risen.

Compiled by Susan Thomas; Editing by Howard Goller

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U.S. close to resolving tariffs row with Canada, Mexico: Mnuchin

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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters after her meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is close to resolving a dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday as high-level American and Canadian officials prepared to meet to discuss trade issues.

“I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,” on resolving the tariffs, Mnuchin said at a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing. He not provide any details about the potential agreement.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was scheduled to meet with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington later on Wednesday to discuss the metals tariffs and other issues related to the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement.

That trade deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the U.S. Congress has yet to ratify it.

Lighthizer is expected to propose a process for removing the steel and aluminum tariffs, CNBC reported separately, citing an unnamed senior official.

U.S. lawmakers have insisted those tariffs must be lifted on Canada and Mexico before a vote on USMCA can proceed. Lighthizer is also due to meet with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi later on Wednesday to discuss plans for lawmakers to vote on the agreement.

Reporting by David Lawder and Susan Heavey; Editing by Tom Brown and Paul Simao

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