Opinion | Don't blame Donald Trump for Indian protectionism4 min read 24 Mar 2019, 11:59 PM IST
It is not just India’s import tariff increases but its active interference in trade and commerce that the US has a problem with
There is a peculiarly insouciant tone to much commentary on the opening salvo of a putative trade spat between the United States and India. This, as readers will be aware, was the notification to the US Congress by President Donald Trump on 4 March that the US plans to withdraw tariff concessions to India under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The reaction by Indian officials, in the first instance, has been to downplay the likely impact, a reaction that has largely been mirrored by Indian commentary on the issue.
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