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US Poised to Escalate Claim Mexico Violated Free-Trade Pact

  • Step reflects US concern over state-favoring energy policies
  • Move risks angering AMLO after snub at Summit of the Americas
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The US is preparing to escalate its complaints that Mexico’s state-favoring energy policies violate the nations’ free-trade agreement, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would risk exacerbating tensions between the countries’ governments.

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s office in recent weeks has been working on a request for formal consultations under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and discussing it with other agencies, according to the people, who asked not to be identified without permission to speak publicly. The timing for the request is still being determined, the people said.