Washington’s whims put pressure on India

US President Donald Trump specialises in delivering nasty surprises to friend and foe alike and he also doesn’t hesitate to undermine his own top team. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left India optimistically declaring the US-India partnership was “already beginning to reach new heights.”

Soon afterwards, Trump, en route to the Osaka G-20 meeting, tweeted angrily from Air Force One about tariffs India’s imposed on US exports, calling them “unacceptable”. Trump neglected to mention, of course, the Indian tariffs are in response to US measures against India.

Trump’s tweet emphasised the uncomfortable fact that diplomatic exchanges between the US and other countries are subject to his whims. The fact is India and the US have a long list of friction points, but in reality  Read More

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