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VANCOUVER Lamar Jackson Ravens Jersey , Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- It's becoming increasingly clear that Canada needs to pivot its trade and investment objectives toward Asia as U.S. President Donald Trump has renewed threats to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), said independent Canadian Senator Yuean Pao Woo here Tuesday.

"It's the same lesson we have been discussing for 20 years easily, which is that we cannot put all our eggs in one basket, the U.S. basket," said Senator Woo, who was appointed last year by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"More than ever, Canadians need to be looking to alternative sources of export markets, import markets and foreign investment," Woo, the former head of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada think-tank, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua Tuesday.

"I would stress that as we try to deepen our economic relationship with, say, China, and other Asian countries as well, there has to be a focus not just on trade, but also on investment and two-way investing, and that includes welcoming investment from Chinese enterprises, from Korean, from Thai, Malaysia, Filipino enterprises into Canada," Woo said.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that Canada and Mexico were both being very difficult so far in the renegotiations of the 23-year-old pact between Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and that we were still considering tearing up the deal.

The negotiations, which are set to continue on Sept. 1 in Mexico City, have been sealed within a non-disclosure agreement by the negotiating teams.

"It's all hush hush, but we do know that President Trump has threatened to rip up the agreement," Woo said. "I think, in some ways... Trump has made it more difficult for his team. It's not clear that he can follow through on eliminating the agreement altogether, and if he tries, he will face a lot of opposition that will simply weaken his political capital and his credibility."

Trump would face intense opposition from U.S. border states, Congress and the Senate if he chose to pull out of NAFTA, Woo said. To do that, the U.S. would also have to give Canada and Mexico six-month's notice.

The U.S. remains Canada's most important trading partner. Last year, there was more than 544 billion U.S. dollars in bilateral trade between Canada and the U.S., according to U.S. census figures.

But China is Canada's second-largest trade partner, and economic activity between the two countries grew by more than 10 percent in 2015, over 2016, reaching 86 billion Canadian dollars (68.8 billion U.S. dollars) in two-way merchandise trade.

Woo said if the negotiators cannot reach a quick conclusion, then the process could end up taking much longer than the six-month period that was expected from the outset of talks.

"If it looks like we're getting bogged down then maybe this will just drag on to where the appetite for renegotiation starts to fade away," he said.

The second round of NAFTA talks are set to resume next week in Mexico City and the talks are expected to include at least five more sessions held at three-week intervals.

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VIENTIANE, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The consumption of solar power in Laos is expected to increase to more than 100 MW by 2020 as the government is promoting foreign investment in solar power, wind power and other forms of renewable energy.

Two pilot solar-powered electricity generation projects are being implemented in Lao capital Vientiane, while studies are being conducted outside Vientiane for their potential of solar power generation, reported Lao state-run news agency KPL on Thursday.

The Annamite Range has been viewed as having high potential for wind power generation. Initial studies suggested that up to 2,500 MW of electricity could be generated by wind energy untapped in the mountain range.

"The development of renewable energy projects is costly and investors themselves want us to charge a high rate. However, the government is trying to bargain with the investors to make sure that power generated through renewable energy sources is available at reasonable prices," said LaoMinister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath.

As for Vientiane, the government has a plan to build a garbage-fired power plant as the amount of garbage is huge and increasing in the capital city and it is also difficult to find a disposal area for it.

"So it is reasonable to build a power plant that sorts waste for the production of fertilizer and power generation for public consumption. The government is conducting a detailed study into this project," said the minister.

The government has increased investment into building substations and transmission lines in the country, especially in the Special and Specific Economic Zones, to ensure a stable supply of electricity for the manufacturing sector and domestic use.

As of 2016, Laos has developed more than 40 hydro-power and coal-fired power plants with combined installed generation capacity of 6,000 MW and many more projects are about to be completed and connected to the national transmission line system in the near future.

Over 90 percent of people in Laos have electricity for use in their homes and businesses since the government attempted to expand the electricity grid.

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