The United States and China cooled their trade war on November 13 and announced "Phase one" agreement that reduces some US tariffs in exchange for what officials said would be a big jump in Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods.Beijing has agreed to import at least $200 billion in additional US goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017, the top US trade negotiator said on November 13.If the purchases are made, they would represent a huge jump in US exports to China. China bought $130 billion in American goods in 2017 before the trade war began, and $56 billion in services, data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis show.Close In return, the US would suspend tariffs on Chinese goods due to go into effect on December 15 and reduce others, officials said. The 86-page agreement is due to be signed the first week of January in Washington by principal negotiators. related news Hong Kong leader Lam … [Read more...] about US-China trade deal cuts tariffs for Beijing promise of big farm purchases
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China is exporting textiles to India through Bangladesh to get around a tax increase on imports, undermining New Delhi's efforts to support local manufacturers, industry sources said.Earlier this week, India doubled the import tax on more than 300 textile products to 20 percent, marking the second tax increase on textiles in as many months.This is aimed at providing relief to the country's domestic textile industry, which has been hit by cheaper imports. India's total textile imports jumped by 16 percent to a record $7 billion in the fiscal year to March 2018. Of this, about $3 billion were from China.Close Textiles are India's second largest job provider directly employing nearly 51 million people and accounting for 5 percent of India's gross domestic product, and 13 percent of its export earnings. related news PM Narendra Modi arrives in Kanpur to chair first meeting of National Ganga Council US-China trade deal cuts tariffs for Beijing promise of big farm purchases Hong … [Read more...] about Free-trade pacts hamper India’s efforts to curb China textile imports
The Indian economy has grown by leaps and bounds after attaining Independence in 1947. The history of trade and commerce in the Indian subcontinent can be divided into many phases — deindustrialization induced by colonization, socialist central planning in the aftermath of Independence and free market economics after the liberalization reforms of 1991.India’s share of the world economy slipped from around 25 percent in 1700 to 4.2 percent in 1950. A century under colonial rule had sapped the country’s entrepreneurial spirit. The country was forced to divert its raw materials to feed the mechanized factories that had sprung up in Britain during the industrial revolution. Poverty and famine was rampant.After the British left Indian shores, the newly elected government charted a course for the country that entailed capital controls and central planning, much along the lines of the Soviet Union. Even though the ruling dispensation at the time had pledged … [Read more...] about The India growth story: Here’s how some macro indicators have fared since 1947
Indian drug makers are staring at diminishing margins as raw material imports from China has increased while drug prices have stagnated. The cost of raw materials sourced from China has risen after Chinese government started cracking down on facilities that violate the country’s pollution control norms.Many production units have been mothballed till the required clearances are clinched. This has resulted in a drop in production, which has consequently led to price inflation. India is one of the largest markets for pharmaceuticals, but production of drugs is usually undertaken with imported raw materials and intermediaries.The pricing pressure on imports is hurting domestic manufacturers. Costly imports from China has led to an about 3 percent decline in Q1 FY19 margin for Laurus Labs, reports Business Line. Lack of an indigenous ecosystem for the extraction and processing of minerals, among other raw materials used in pharmaceuticals, could leave the sector vulnerable to … [Read more...] about Rising cost of Chinese raw materials eat into margins of Indian pharma companies
Rahul AgarwalIn its latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on December 5, the Reserve Bank of India kept key rates unchanged at 5.15 per cent (lowest in nine years, after five straight cuts with a cumulative 135 bps reduction this calendar year, to boost the country’s sagging economy.RBI retained its 'accommodative' policy stance, which suggests that this is a pause rather than an end to the loosening cycle, and it still has room for a rate cut. Core inflation, which excludes energy and food items, slid beyond a seven-year low of 3.47 per cent, which clearly indicates that there is hardly any demand for non-food items in the market.Close Usually, a rate cut helps revive economic growth as it allows retail customers to avail cheaper loans and works like a big booster for the large industrial sector, who will be able to avail bulk loans at lower interest rates. related news Reliance forms a base, recommend delta appreciating based … [Read more...] about Are the RBI’s repo rate cuts enough to reinforce GDP growth?