Further, it is argued, Trump is a protectionist, so it’s natural that India would fall within his cross-hairs at some point. Indeed, apologists for India in its current trade dispute with the US are disingenuously using US protectionism as an alibi for prior Indian protectionism. It could be argued that, given Trump’s protectionist bent, India’s GSP access to the US market might have earned American ire even in the absence of protectionist backsliding by India. This clearly fits China and it is a shame that poor Indian policies have put us in the same basket. This is doubly harmful: our protectionism harms us to begin with and Trump’s putatively protectionist response harms us further.
Source: Mint March 24, 2019 18:22 UTC