What we’re watching: August 14 to August 20, 2017

♦ We’re now in “mid-August” when North Korea said it would launch four Hwasong-12 intermediate range missiles over Japan and into the Pacific 30-40 kilometers from the US island of Guam. To note: this type of missile has only had a single successful launch, the missiles will have to fly accurately for 3,350 kilometers and hit a miniscule target, and both the US and Japan might decide to shoot them down.
♦ The Americans and Japanese will be holding a very high-level meeting this week to concert action on North Korea. The foreign and defence ministers of both countries will meet in Washington on Aug 17.
♦ The first round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement will be held this week (Aug 16-20) in Washington. The US goal is to make free trade with Canada and Mexico work better for average Americans. Both countries have been running surpluses for years, Mexico in particular ($64 billion in 2016 according to the US Census Bureau) which Trump argues is related to enormous losses in US manufacturing jobs since NAFTA came into effect.


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