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India considers trade talks with Taiwan as both spar with China

India and Taiwan in 2018 signed an updated bilateral investment agreement in a bid to further expand economic ties

A driver checks a cement tanker truck at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, operated by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. Photo: Bloomberg
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Support is growing within India’s government to formally start talks on a trade deal with Taiwan as both democracies see relations with China deteriorate.

Taiwan has sought trade talks with India for several years, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been reluctant to move ahead because it would involve a messy fight with China once any pact is registered at the World Trade Organization, according to a senior Indian government official who asked not be named, citing rules for speaking with the media.

Yet over the past few months the hawks in India who want to start trade talks

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First Published: Oct 20 2020 | 12:43 PM IST

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