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Commerce Secretary pitches for balanced India-China Trade

India has told China that areas like agriculture products, pharmaceuticals, information technology services and tourism in which she has proven strengths and significant global presence but minuscule presence in China, need to be encouraged in bilateral trade. The top Indian Commerce Ministry official who is Beijing for official level talks with China asked for guidance, facilitation, support and assistance to the relevant stakeholders for creating a suitable environment for India’s exports in these sectors to China.

The Commerce Secretary Dr Anup Wadhwan who is leading the Indian trade delegation to China while expressing concern regarding the large trade deficit, acknowledged Chinese Government’s efforts in clearing some of the market access issues such as for rice and rapeseed meal during the past few months.He expressed satisfaction over progress on soya bean meal and pomegranate and related issues. He also informed his Chinese counterpart Mr. Wang about the encouraging response to the business promotion events organized by the Indian Embassy and Consulates covering products like sugar, rice, tea and oil meals. Dr. Wadhawan requested Mr. Wang to provide MOFCOM’s guidance to its importers to source these products from India.

Commerce Secretary, Wadhawan, had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of China’s Commerce Minister, on November seventh in Shanghai. The Commerce Secretary was accompanied by senior officials from Department of Commerce, Department of Food and Public Distribution and officials from Embassy of India in Beijing and Consulate in Shanghai. The Indian delegation on this visit included Chairman APEDA, MD NAFED, DG FIEO, DG Pharmexcil.

Recently India and China had a series of official level exchanges to discuss the bilateral trade issues. After the successful Joint Economic Group meeting hosted by India’s Commerce Minister in March 2018 and attended by China’s Commerce Minister, both countries had two rounds of dialogues at the official level leading to resolution of some of the pending market access issues.

 During this visit, the Commerce Secretary also had a detailed discussion with important sugar importers of China including China Sugar Association and briefed them about India’s sugar sector and its proven available capacity in terms of both, quality as well as quantity, to meet the Chinese requirements on a sustained long term basis .Important players from Indian sugar industry including MD, NFCSF also attended related meetings during the visit. These meetings would be helpful in tapping this major import market for Indian sugar.

On 4th November the Commerce secretary attended the banquet hosted by China’s president Xi Jinping on the eve of opening of the CIIE and on 5th November he attended the inaugural ceremony of the expo.

The high level Indian officials visit to China is politically significant when China is engaged in a fierce trade war with United States.


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