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Donald Trump's trade spat with India: Why it's bad optics and bad strategy

The Trump administration notified Congress on Monday that it wants to scrap trade concessions for India.

image USPresidentDonaldTrump'sattempttopressureIndiaontrademaybeintendedasasymbolicshotacrossNewDelhi’sbow,butitsinopportunetimingthreatensbroaderpoliticalconsequences.TheTrumpadministrationnotifiedCongressonMondaythatitwantstoscraptradeconcessionsforIndia,thelargestbeneficiaryoftheso-calledgeneralizedsystemofpreferencesthatimpacts$5.7billionworthofgoods.ThemoveaffectsjustafractionofIndia’stradeflows,yetitcomesweeksbeforeIndia’sgeneralelections,andjustasPrimeMinister ...

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First Published: Tue, March 05 2019. 19:00 IST
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