Montek Singh Ahluwalia: India's growing trade deficit with China cause of concern

Mar 19 2014, 13:19 IST
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China should build manufacturing capacities in India for goods it currently exports, Montek Singh Ahluwalia said. (Reuters) China should build manufacturing capacities in India for goods it currently exports, Montek Singh Ahluwalia said. (Reuters)
SummaryIndia's trade deficit has been in excess of $35 bn per annum which is not sustainable: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

multilateral frameworks like the United Nations, Group-20 and BRICS," a press release issued at the end of the talks today said.

Ahluwalia said: "These are proposals for railway station redevelopment, for raising the speed of passenger trains in India, and for heavy haul freight. Modernisation of Indian railway is a critical objective for India, which will contribute to energy efficiency and also climate sustainability."

Both sides decided to set up a task force under the SED to enable Chinese companies to invest in industries and industrial zones in India, according to the statement.

The two sides signed MOUs in Sustainable Urbanisation and on Cooperation in Information and Communications Technology. Action Plans on joint studies in sustainable urbanisation and energy planning were also signed for completion before the next round of the Dialogue, the statement said.

Ahluwalia said in his speech both China and India face a difficult international environment.

The world economy recovered quite quickly from the crisis in 2008 but it has been harder hit by the Eurozone crisis of 2011. There are positive signs over the past few months suggesting that the industrialised countries are beginning to recover. Developing countries have also been adversely affected by the global downturn, he said.

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