India not ready to play by rules, say US lawmakers

India not ready to play by rules, say US lawmakers

Top American lawmakers on Friday criticised India’s trade and business policies, saying that New Delhi is not willing to play by the rules.

“When you look at India’s industrial policy, trade barriers, the rampant piracy, the tax discrimination and what appears to be an absolute disregard for our intellectual property rights, you realise that India is a country that is not willing to play by the rules right now,” Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said at a Congressional hearing.

“What’s worse is that they’re trying to gloss over this. And here’s an example. Last week, the Indian ambassador sent a letter to my office defending their abusive practices that are killing jobs of millions of hardworking Americans,” Blackburn said in reference to the letter sent by Ambassador Nirupama Rao.

“India’s principles set a disappointing example to the rest of the world. No country that calls itself a friend of the US would celebrate isolationism the way that India is doing,” Blackburn said.

“We have overwhelming bipartisan agreement in Congress that India’s government must reverse course or risk seriously threatening our bilateral relationship,” said the Congresswoman from Tennessee during the Congressional hearing on “A Tangle of Trade Barriers: How India’s Industrial Policy is Hurting US Companies”.

The hearing was convened by the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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