No hurry to enter trade deal with U.S., says India

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Trump, who will be on his maiden visit to India on February 24 and 25, also hinted that he remained unhappy with the current levels of import tariffs placed by India on American goods. It may be recalled that the "Howdy Modi" rally in Houston in the United States past 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.

The MH-60Rs will be bought directly from the U.S. government under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to expedite the induction of the new helicopters into the Indian Navy.

And while China plays a considerable role in determining the US administration's reluctance to address these issues, so too does Trump's desire to hammer out a large trade deal that he can march out to the American public as he seeks re-election.

The bilateral India-US trade in goods and services is about three per cent of the US' world trade.

Downplaying the expectation of a trade deal with India during his visit, Trump said the two countries could make a "tremendous" trade deal, but indicated that the talks on this might slow down if he did not get a good deal.

"Some of the progress on security cooperation and economic cooperation is certainly made with China in mind", said Richard Rossow, who holds the Wadhwani Chair in U.S. -India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "So, we'll see what happens", he said. "I don't know if it'll be done before the election", Trump said in Washington DC.

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Trump has earlier repeatedly called India a "tariff king", arguing that classic American exports like the Harley Davidson motorcycles were unable to compete in India owing to high market access barriers.

Twitterians have already started mock Prime Minister Modi, with memes and jokes for promising President Trump such an unrealistic crowd.

India's merchandise exports to the USA have risen in the past four years, reaching $52.4 billion in FY19, up from $47.8 billion in FY18.

A group set up by unidentified people is organising the "Namaste Trump [Hello, Trump]" event on February 24 at the Motera cricket stadium in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, according to media reports. We got excellent support from the USA side during the Howdy, Modi event. My only problem is that last night we probably had 40,000 or 50,000 people... "It's going to look like peanuts from now on", he said. I am getting spoiled? "He said build a bigger stadium", Trump said.

One of his supporters from the audience suggested that he build a bigger stadium.

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