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Amitendu Palit

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Explained: Why India is indeed a ‘tariff king’

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Amitendu Palit A particular feature of India’s import tariffs is the high ‘bound’ rates. The flow of bad blood between India and the United States (US) on trade doesn’t look like ebbing. The latest in the saga is the challenge mounted by the US at the World Tr... More »

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India ditches data dialogue again

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Amitendu Palit One of the most profound truths to emerge over the last couple of decades is the sharp heterogeneity amongst the developing world. (Illustration: rohnit phore) India abstained from signing the Osaka Declaration on Digital Economy at the G20 Summ... More »

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India-US trade: Are we reaching a point of no return?

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Amitendu Palit India-US trade talks are taking place in the context of troubled times for global trade. India’s relations with the US have entered a particularly rocky phase due to differences over trade. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India ... More »

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Why regional election results are good for RCEP

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Amitendu Palit The last three months have been an electorally active period for the Asia-Pacific. Several major countries of the region have had elections for their top offices. The verdicts from all have been in favour of the incumbent parties and their top l... More »

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When countries use ‘security’ to restrict trade

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Amitendu Palit A recent judgement by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on a dispute between Russia and Ukraine has great implications for the controversial relationship between international trade and national security. Separately, the ruling has implications... More »

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Why is India refusing to join WTO e-commerce talks

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Amitendu Palit The last WTO Ministerial at Buenos Aires held during December 10-13, 2017, had decided to ‘reinvigorate’ work under the WTO’s e-commerce work programme launched in 1998. More than seventy-five countries agreed to commence informal talks on fixin... More »

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India took the right call on Huawei

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Amitendu Palit European telcos like Nokia, also major players in 5G and competitors of Huawei, are yet to discover security ‘issues’ in equipment sourced from China. India’s decision to invite Huawei to participate in field trials of 5G equipment, despite init... More »