U.S. Manufacturing Groups Urge Obama to Push India for Fair Trade
Author(s): Josh Cable
Jun. 09, 2013
India's "discriminatory trade practices" are hurting the U.S. economy and jeopardizing American jobs, according to a letter to President Obama signed by 17 business and manufacturing groups.
"Over the last year, the courts and policymakers in India have engaged in a persistent pattern of discrimination designed to benefit India's business community at the expense of American jobs," the letter says.
The Indian government recently demanded that "as much as 100 percent" of the country's market for certain IT and clean-energy equipment must come from domestic firms, according to the business groups.
"Administrative and court rulings have repeatedly ignored internationally recognized rights—imposing arbitrary marketing restrictions on medical devices and denying, breaking or revoking patents for nearly a dozen life-saving medications," the letter says.
"These actions and others constitute a disturbing trend that may continue and even expand to other products, sectors and countries."
India's actions fly in the face of "recognized global norms" and put its $60 billion trading relationship with the United States at risk, the groups contend.
"These actions are unacceptable for a responsible middle-income country and rising global power to treat its second-largest export trading partner," the letter says.
The U.S. business groups urge the Obama administration to "initiate bilateral engagement at the highest levels and to coordinate closely with the European Union and other like-minded economies."
"If this engagement is not fruitful, we ask the U.S. government to respond purposefully, using all available trade tools and diplomatic engagement," the letter says.