18 June, 2021

Indo-US Trade War: Maginot Lines For One And All

Tit-for-tat tariff hikes between India and the US are only a part of a widespread protectionist surge that threatens the global economy

Illustration by Sajith Kumar
Indo-US Trade War: Maginot Lines For One And All

India’s decision to hike the import tariff on 30 US commodities from Aug­ust 4 was a tit-for-tat move aga­i­nst the Trump administration. But India also rushed to app­ease the US with an offer to import more gas and around 1,000 civilian aircraft over several years to balance the bilateral trade. Currently, India exports $24 bill­ion more than it imports from the US, which has been pushing for greater mar­­ket access to even the imbalance.

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