India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) attends a meeting with US President Donald Trump during the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India on Wednesday amid at a tense moment in U.S.–India relations. On the strategic side, India faces the threat of U.S. sanctions for buying the Russian S-400 missile defense system and has been pressured into zeroing out imports of Iranian oil.
On the economic front, Washington piled on its steel and aluminum tariffs and canceled India’s preferential trade benefits on approximately $5 billion of exports. India responded with retaliatory tariffs.
The United States is hinting that it will pursue the same strategy used with China by potentially starting investigations into India for harming U.S. commerce, which would likely result in additional tariffs.
Against this dreary backdrop, there has been one positive story.
Congressman Brad Sherman…