Asia Watching Fate of Nafta Amid Trump’s Review, Malaysia Warns

Asian governments are watching with some anxiety the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement as the Trump administration kicks off a review of the pact.

“All of us are keen to know whether America is committed to have an open, liberal trading environment,” Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed said in an interview on Friday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Mustapa said ministers were “anxious to hear” from new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer. “In this first meeting the first thing is to get some clarity on protectionism — this America First and how it’s going to affect us in this part of the world,” he said.

The U.S. government served notice to Congress on Thursday of the administration’s intention to renegotiate Nafta. During the election campaign,…

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