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Amitendu Palit

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RCEP: No competition please, this is India

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Amitendu Palit India’s opportunity to return to RCEP remains. (Reuters photo) India’s backing off from RCEP is not surprising. What is surprising is that it took it so long to do so. As a reluctant participator, India hardly had a constructive strategy for the... More »

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Leveraging RCEP and the FTA with the USA

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Amitendu Palit Exports appear to have become a priority for the government with the realisation that, reviving external demand is essential for lifting overall demand. The RCEP negotiations are likely to be concluded at the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand during... More »

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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 »