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US and India are at Odds over Trade before US President Donald Trump's visit to India on Monday

  • The US administration officials have confirmed that there would be no trade deal (not even a limited one) between the US and India during the US President Donald Trump’s 2-day visit (February 24-25, 2020) to India. A US official reportedly said that after the announcement of the new Indian tariff proposals on medical devices, electronics, toys, walnuts, and other products in the February 2020 budget for strengthening India’s domestic manufacturing under “Make in India” project, the Trump administration wants to address the concerns directly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Trump’s upcoming visit to India. As per a business group, the US and India have many differences in the fields of medical devices (especially knee implants and cardiac stents), agriculture, poultry, dairy, and many more products. Reports also say that India’s multi-billion-dollar purchase of a Russian missile-shield-system has also irked Washington. While the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (who was leading the trade discussions earlier with India) will not be part of the Trump delegation to India, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will reportedly join the trip. The official also said that there will be announcements of commercial transactions in the energy and defense sectors during Trump’s visit to India.