Sunday, 23 January, 2022
TopicFree trade

Topic: Free trade

Australia makes fresh push for free trade deal, sends former PM Abbott to talk to Modi govt

Australia is planning to begin negotiations for the long-pending trade pact with India even as sticky issues concerning tariff reduction in agriculture goods remain.

India, EU put focus back on FTA, vow closer security ties under Indo-Pacific

During the virtual India-EU annual summit, Brussels and New Delhi also launch agreements on human rights and connectivity.

Kashmiris want social, economic, political changes, says EU envoy after visit

EU Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto says 27-nation bloc has taken note of developments in J&K, and is ready to discuss a standalone investment pact with New Delhi.

India must become an industrial power to be a global strategic power — US trade body chief

In an interview to ThePrint, USIBC chief Nisha Biswal says it's important for India and US to focus on deepening economic partnership and strengthening strategic gains made under Trump.

India’s RCEP exit & lure of protectionism versus creative destruction of capitalism

In episode 625 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta talks about what RCEP is and why India chose to stay out of it.

Modi rightly didn’t join RCEP a year ago. SE Asian states are unlikely to benefit much

Joining a China-led trade arrangement because the US is unwilling to provide an alternative is a strategic equivalent of cutting your nose to spite your face.

Why this is no time for India to turn away from trade

The global trading order has been disrupted by Covid. New supply chains are being explored & new connections are being made. India simply can’t afford to turn its back on trade.

Why Modi govt’s FTA policy for India must turn to ‘natural allies’ US, UK and Europe now

Share of Indian export to Asian countries has dropped in the past decade despite forging major free trade alliances but it has gone up in traditional markets like US and Europe.

Dhaka wants New Delhi to forego ‘stringent checks’ on garments as both work on trade pact

Dhaka also wants ‘special treatment’ that India accords to Nepal & Bhutan but under the framework of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Balancing LAC tension with economic strategy — How India can walk the tightrope against China

Customs Act allows Modi govt to prohibit imports from China. But the law's compatibility with WTO norms brings legal hurdles. That's where Atmanirbhar Abhiyan comes in.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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