Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will meet in Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on Friday.Â India and US are facing quite a lot of issues with regards to trade and domestic manufacturing. While PM Modi is vehemently pushing for â€œMake in Indiaâ€™ campaign, US President Donald Trump is pushing for US manufacturing to return home as part of his â€˜Make America Great Againâ€™ campaign.
Another issue that has been aching the India-US trade relationship is the tarrif hike on 28 US products. After Trump withdrew certain trade privileges from India under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), India, too, imposed higher tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds, apples and walnuts. US Congressman Josh Harder in a letter to US Secreatray of State Mike Pompeo had asked him to address new retaliatory tariffs on almonds with PM Modi during his meeting this week. Harderâ€™s district, California is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.
Trump on Thursday tweeted that he was looking forward to Meeting PM Modi In Osaka. However, he find the tarrifs inposed by India 'unacceptable' and thatÂ and the 'Tariffs must be withdrawn!'
I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Â June 27, 2019