Categories: Amz

Trump due to begin first official trip to India

Image copyright
Getty Images
Image caption
Narendra Modi and Donald Trump appear to have a solid personal rapport
US President Donald Trump is due to begin his first official trip of India with a focus on deepening ties between the world’s two largest democracies.Mr Trump will arrive in Gujarat, home state of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he is expected to address a rally at a cricket stadium.He will then travel to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, before arriving in the capital Delhi for talks with Mr Modi.But amid the fanfare, a much-talked about trade deal is unlikely to happen.The US is one India’s most important trade partners, with bilateral trade totalling $142.6bn (£110.3bn) in 2018. The US had a $25.2bn goods and services trade deficit with India, its 9th largest trading partner in goods.Despite growing political and strategic ties, there’s been tension over trade issues. Mr Trump has said India’s tariffs – taxes on imports – are “unacceptable”, and has described India as the “king” of tariffs.In June 2019, the US ended preferential trade status for India, the largest beneficiary of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – a scheme that allows some goods to enter the US duty-free.The move caused a diplomatic rift between the two countries after India imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products.
Image copyright
Reuters
Image caption
Mr Trump will first arrive in Gujarat, home state of Prime Minister Modi
An official US report last year said India’s tariff rates on other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) remain “the highest of any major economy”.The two sides have also differed over price controls on medical equipment and India’s new rules on data storage. The trade deal was likely to resolve some of these issues. But just days before the visit, Mr Trump announced that he was “saving the big deal for later on”. Reports say negotiations continued between the two s
Read More

News

Recent Posts

Watch Virgin Orbit fire a rocket from a plane in first successful space trip

Virgin Orbit has released a dramatic video showing the start of Sunday's successful space mission…

1 min ago

The best battle royale games

The battle royale genre has exploded in popularity recently. From Fortnite to Call of Duty:…

1 min ago

The best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus screen protectors

Here's our roundup of the best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus screen protectors available right now,…

1 min ago

This is the remnant of a star that exploded 1,700 years ago

When a supernova explodes, it creates a remnant which can persist for thousands of years.…

1 min ago

Testing Mars exploration drones on Icelandic lava flows

How do you test a machine that's designed to operate on another planet? Using the…

1 min ago

One of Skyrim’s best modding teams is working on a standalone game

First, a bit of background. If you haven't heard of Enderal before, it is a…

1 min ago