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The United States is looking for greater access to the Indian market for its dairy producers and makers of medical devices and some other concessions, for a near-term deal, with the larger and more complex issues of a Free Trade Agreement and others kicked down the road to another time.

‘If even a tiny Phase 1 deal is not done...’: US on trade pact during Trump visit

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 01:38 PM IST
A trade deal was seen as the chief goal for the trip when the two sides began planning the presidential trip.
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Piyush Goyal said that it was the government’s priority to correct the asymmetry in the existing pacts and maximise its export potential to benefit domestic industry and farmers.(Hindustan Times)
Piyush Goyal said that it was the government’s priority to correct the asymmetry in the existing pacts and maximise its export potential to benefit domestic industry and farmers.(Hindustan Times)

Government to review free trade pacts with Asean countries

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2019 06:55 AM IST
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Goyal cited growing trade deficit with ASEAN countries during 2010-11 until 2018-19 to state that the earlier trade pacts had been asymmetrical.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the ASEAN-India Summit on the sideline of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand November 3, 2019.(Photo: Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the ASEAN-India Summit on the sideline of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand November 3, 2019.(Photo: Reuters)

World’s biggest trade pact RCEP on course despite India’s concerns: Thailand

By Reuters | Bangkok
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 10:51 AM IST
Spurred in part by the U.S.-China trade war, Southeast Asian countries hoped to announce at least provisional agreement on the China-backed 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Monday.
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Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, at the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, at the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

Angela Merkel renews push for India-EU free trade pact

By Reuters | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 02:58 AM IST
A free trade pact with India has been a long-pending demand from Germany, India’s largest trading partner in Europe. The pact has been in discussion for years.
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The possible benefits include a potential entry into global supply chains, making manufacturing in India attractive for both domestic and foreign companies, and increased foreign direct investment flows.(Bloomberg)
The possible benefits include a potential entry into global supply chains, making manufacturing in India attractive for both domestic and foreign companies, and increased foreign direct investment flows.(Bloomberg)

Global or local: India’s dilemma on the RCEP

UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 06:59 PM IST
Delhi will have to sign the trade pact but must zealously guard its interests
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China taking active measures to increase imports, lowering tariffs on goods and assisting in the export of Indian agricultural goods and pharmaceuticals.(HT PHOTO)
China taking active measures to increase imports, lowering tariffs on goods and assisting in the export of Indian agricultural goods and pharmaceuticals.(HT PHOTO)

China calls for free trade pact with India to fast track business ties

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 11:39 PM IST
China, he said, had never pursued a trade surplus and the trade imbalance with India was “largely the result of differences in their industrial structures.
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