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India trade minister accuses US of trade protectionism

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:59 PM
 
India's Trade Minister Anand Sharma gestures as he speaks with the media after interacting with students at a college in Mumbai on Feb 11, 2014. India's trade minister on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, accused the United States of excessive trade protectionism, launching a broadside that coincided with the visit of a top US official to patch up a stormy bilateral friendship. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's trade minister on Tuesday accused the United States of excessive trade protectionism, launching a broadside that coincided with the visit of a top US official to patch up a stormy bilateral friendship.

Trade Minister Anand Sharma, speaking at a news briefing, also said that India's patent law was compliant with the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

India would not agree to tougher rules on protecting intellectual property, he added.

"There are issues which India has raised where we feel there is very high and unacceptable protectionism," he told reporters in New Delhi. He also said Washington made it too hard for Indian nationals to obtain US visas.

 
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