Pompeo vows cooperation with India but trade, defense issues unresolved
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reduce heightened trade tension with India on Wednesday, promising a renewed focus on negotiating better ties, but giving few specifics of how they would overcome disputes over trade and investment.
Pompeo's India visit comes as the two countries grapple with issues ranging from access to Indian markets for American firms to New Delhi's demand for foreign companies to store Indian data in the country, and exports of steel and aluminum to the U.S.
The two nations are "friends who can help each other all around the world," Pompeo told a joint news conference with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar after they met.
The current differences were expressed "in the spirit of friendship", he added.
However, any progress on trade would probably be announced at an expected meeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump at a Group of 20 (G20) summit in Japan this week, economic and political analysts said.
"If there is going to be some kind announcement on trade, it will come at a Trump-Modi meeting," said Neelam Deo, founder of the Gateway House think tank in the financial capital of Mumbai.
The trade disputes have led to higher tariffs by the two countries and created unease over the depth of their security alliance.
In particular, the sudden introduction of new e-commerce rules for foreign investors in February angered the Americans because it showed New Delhi was prepared to move the goalposts to hurt two of the largest U.S. companies, discount retailer Walmart, and Amazon.com Inc.
Walmart last year invested $16 billion to buy control of Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart.
Just days before Pompeo's visit, India slapped higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. products following Washington's withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi.
Jaishankar, a former Indian ambassador to the United States, played down the spat on Wednesday.
"If you trade with someone and they are your biggest trading partner, it is impossible you don't have trade issues," he said.
In an interview with broadcaster India Today on Wednesday night, Pompeo was asked how India could get the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program restored.
"We are going to go work to restore these relationships. I am confident we can," Pompeo said, without providing details.
MISSILES AND OIL
India's ties with Russia and Iran, both now subject to U.S. sanctions, are also a sore point.
U.S. pressure has led India to stop buying oil from Iran, a top energy supplier.
In a policy speech hosted by the U.S. embassy on Thursday evening, Pompeo said United States will ensure India receives adequate supplies of oil as New Delhi stops buying Iranian crude in line with U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
The United States is also lobbying India not to proceed with its purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.
The missile deal and Iranian oil were both discussed during their meeting, Jaishankar and Pompeo said, but mentioned no resolution of either at the news conference.
"On two of the biggest issues - Iran and Russia - the difference is deep," said analyst Deo, formerly a top Indian diplomat in the United States.
Areas of agreement include efforts to combat increased militant activity in the region, after deadly suicide bomb blasts in Sri Lanka in April.
Both countries have a shared foe in China, which has alarmed them with its inroads in South Asia.
Pompeo criticized China's Belt and Road Initiative, its ambitious plan to finance and build infrastructure across the globe, which some detractors have labeled a debt trap.
For smaller countries, it came "not with strings attached, but with shackles," he said.
Earlier, Pompeo met Modi for talks at the prime minister's residence in the capital, New Delhi, and they exchanged handshakes in images broadcast on television.
"The prime minister expressed his strong commitment to achieve the full potential of bilateral relations in trade and economy, energy, defense, counterterrorism and people-to-people contacts," the foreign ministry said in a statement, without elaborating.
Pompeo leaves India on Thursday morning for the summit of G20 leaders in Japan's western city of Osaka. Pompeo said Modi and Trump would be able to "build on what we talked about today" when they meet in Osaka.
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There is no way India is giving up on its strategic relationship with Russia over the assurance of a president that wants to get compensated for providing security and for a country that repeatedly sells it low cost generation behind technology.
Trade deals can always be broken or sidestepped. Better for America to invest in America and it's people, like China and India are doing. That is how we will stay atop of a more technically-advanced world. Trade fights only lead to damaged relations which posses a higher risk of war.
s2 days ago
Trade and Defense is unresolved! Then what is left to cooperate!
Modi (an actual financial genius) vs our "stable genius". Wow, this is not going to go well.
Moses2 days ago
U.S. cooperation = satisfy our demands or we will employ tariffs or sanctions....if you are a small nation, we will employ regime change or invade to get what we want!
Martin2 days ago
Seems like they keep pushing India more and more away I don't understand why they keep doing this
Tectonic2 days ago
It is really looking like we are the instant problem around the world because everybody we talk to has issues with US.
Has he solved Huawei PROBLEM? Sorry, Modi has signed contract with Huawei for 5G.
Oh Yeah12 hours ago
The two governments had a chance to discuss their trade differences this week as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Asian nation. Pompeo ironically left just hours before Trump unleashed his semi-confrontational tweet, after spending days explaining that the US and India are “friends who can help each other all around the world” even if it means New Delhi has to alienate regional and global partners.
Mexico will pay for it2 days ago
India is a nuclear power, they won't be bullied.
Observer2 days ago
Who can trust this double-tongued emissary of a super conman!
Recce2 days ago
Hope India does not rush headlong in embracing the US in this "counter-China" attempt. China is India's immediate neighbor and it can make life quite difficult for India if its instigated against by the US side.
D P2 days ago
Translation: India is next on tariff target, there is plenty of time left in Donnie's term. India knows this, and is ready to close Asia's RCEP free trade deal this year. Cat's out of the bag in terms of risk with the US & Donnie's intention doing away with ruled based WTO.
Sam2 days ago
Pompeo is always short on specifics.
Mark C2 days ago
Lol trying to bully a nuclear power that relies on the U.S. for almost nothing is hilarious.
Judith M2 days ago
Under Trump we can't successfully negotiate with anyone. His administration is stacked with incompetents from the top down. We are in such sad shape in this country and yet Trump continues to rage out of control.
Ma212 days ago
Highly conditional pseudo 'friendship', smiles behind the snarls, and a bagful of untrustworthy pseudo ''deals''.
nicky2 days ago
The con came from the bottom of the cesspool and his crooked people break up the G7 and US allies to make communist china and russia great again. SAD SAD SAD
Justus2 days ago
Trump doesn't give a hoot what’s contained in the deal packet, as LONG as it has his name in bold letters, written on the front!
CNMD2 days ago
The news forgot to report that India people shouting at him "Get out of our country, warmonger!"
Lawrence2 days ago
The whole region here is flooded with Legal Indian Immigrants. Is there anyone left in India? Oh, the Indians here are educated professionals that entered the USA legally. 这里到处都是合法的印度移民。还有人留在印度吗？哦，这里的印度人是受过教育的专业人士，他们是合法进入美国的。
Anonymous2 days ago
Uh huh...so it's just words then?
What a waste of time.. Pompous Pompeo came to guile Modi about China threat, Huawei.. Etc... And all he got from Modi is the middle finger...
Vileparle6 hours ago
US is trying to bully India into doing things they don't want to do. India is in stronger position than USA.
samuel20 hours ago
If you see US is talking and everyone else is acting. Any country will use its resources and make others to
Ken21 hours ago
trump is systematically destroying any relationship with any country that we should consider a friend or ally. soon, the only friends the U.S. has will be saudi arabia, russia and north korea since trump loves dictators and wants to follow in their footsteps.
manniesalado10 hours ago
I think India will be among the first to bust Trump's sanctions and resume trade with Iran. India went to bat for Trump and got their face spat in for their trouble.
LAXMAN13 hours ago
India and US are natural partners, because of democracy, common enemy (china), people to people interactions. On top of that, India is one of the few countries where Americans are very favorably viewed.
Trump and his tariffs might win a few dollars in the short term (akin to a drop in an ocean) but they might not be worthwhile from a long term point of view.... just saying !
samuel21 hours ago
Any country or person will use its resources and squeeze and extract whatever is possible from others, but they will never talk. It is foolish to talk because everyone nowadays has through knowledge about what they do and if you think you have some knowledge to impart then you are foolish because they know them already. You must know how to make them do what you want by acting and not by talking.