Despite the Trump-Modi ‘Love,’ Trade Is Still the Weak Link in U.S.-India Relations

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India, Feb. 25, 2020 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India, Feb. 25, 2020 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s first official visit to India last week was meant to highlight the strength of the U.S.-India partnership and the high priority that Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi place on the relationship. Trump ingratiated himself with his hosts by refusing to publicly criticize the controversial citizenship law that has unleashed mass protests across India. As deadly communal riots raged in Delhi, Trump and Modi stayed on script, enthusiastically declaring that the state of the U.S.-India relationship is strong. Lending credence to that message, the two leaders signed important deals on defense, energy and counterterrorism during […]

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