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US-India trade war, E-commerce disputes and terrorism on agenda as Mike Pompeo arrives in India today

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in India today for talks with government leaders over a growing list of trade and investment issues that have cast a shadow over ties between the two big democracies.

The meeting assumes significance as it comes in the backdrop of heightened trade tensions between the countries, both of which are trying to promote domestic manufacturing. Pompeo will be meeting his new counterpart S Jaishankar and is also set to call on PM Narendra Modi.

On the agenda: Mike Pompeo in his address in Washington on June 12 had said that he will discuss the recent decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade program.

Following the move, India imposed higher tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds, apples, and walnuts and had also announced retaliatory tariffs to increase US import duties on steel and aluminium.

US-Iran tensions: Pompeo’s visit comes amid soaring tensions between US and Iran with Trump on Monday imposing fresh sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a string of military chiefs.

The trade wars between the two countries has impacted several countries including India as the US last year, had reimposed sanctions on Iranian oil imports. The recent drone attack on the oil tanker in the Gulf, which the US blamed Iran for, had once again left the oil markets in a lurch.

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