No ‘artificial deadline’ for United States trade deal

Andrew Cummings
February 21, 2020

"And I congratulated Prime Minister Modi. I hope you all enjoy it".

"I hear, they are going to have 10 million people". Delegation level talks will with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House will come next followed by the exchange of MoUs and the press statement.

They said the MH-60Rs, which are being acquired under the "Buy global" category of the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Defence Procurement Procedure-2016, will be fitted with twin weapon stations, each of which would mount two anti-ship missiles and an equal number of lightweight torpedoes in an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role.

The Ministry of Defense's (MoD) Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) already approved in August 2018 the procurement of 111 armed light naval utility helicopters (NUH) and 24 naval multirole helicopters (NMRH) for the Indian Navy under the Indian Ministry of Defense's (MoD) new strategic partnership policy.

As his audience roared with laughter, he said of his top position on Facebook and Twitter: "It's true". And if I wasn't, I could never say it because it would be breaking news that Trump told a fib.

But he turned serious talking about trade during his address to a group of reformed former prisoners graduating from a retraining programme. The US population is estimated to be 325 million. We'll do it after the election.

"Discussions on other issues - lower duties for USA industrial components, engineering products, and information technology goods like smartwatches and iPhones - are lengthy and will need to be taken up only after Trump's visit", an official said. It may be recalled that the "Howdy Modi" rally in Houston in the USA previous year, that was also addressed by the two leaders, had resulted in some controversy after some commentators felt Trump was appealing for votes of Indian-Americans. "Whether people like it or not, we're putting America first".

The President also took credit for turning "horrible, frightful deals or no deals at all" into "phenomenal deals". Despite remaining the largest source of shipments, US-made devices have continued to lose market share in India to cheaper alternatives from China and Germany. Then we did the USMCA - that's (US, ) Mexico, Canada. We did a 40-billion-dollar-a-year deal with Japan and we did a deal with South Korea, and we have other deals too. We're doing a very big trade deal with India.

Kumar gave out the tentative itinerary of Trump's India visit, explaining that his trip will broadly have three segments, starting from the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad and ending in the national capital.

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