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Trump Takes Aim at India

by AFP

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U.S. president says New Delhi’s tariffs on American products are ‘unacceptable’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired a new Twitter salvo at India, accusing the giant Asian economy of unfairly blocking American imports.

“India has had a field day putting tariffs on American products,” the president tweeted. “No longer acceptable.”

Trump’s sparring with Delhi over trade has heated up just as Washington seeks to resolve its yearlong trade battle with China. Earlier this year he stripped India of benefits, which allowed some duty-free exports to the United States, claiming that India had refused to grant wider access to American-made goods.

India also was hit by worldwide tariffs on steel and aluminum that Trump imposed last year and lodged a dispute against the United States in the World Trade Organization with about 30 other economies.

Last month, India slapped duties on dozens of U.S. products, including hundreds of millions of dollars in almonds from California as well as other U.S. fruits and nuts.

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