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U.S. official: India and China not serious about Doha

A top U.S. trade official is voicing displeasure at the Chinese and Indian positions on the Doha round of international trade negotiations: China has been disappointing and India has been taking "one step forward, one step back" in Doha negotiations for a global free trade pact, the US envoy to the World Trade Organisation said ...

A top U.S. trade official is voicing displeasure at the Chinese and Indian positions on the Doha round of international trade negotiations:

China has been disappointing and India has been taking "one step forward, one step back" in Doha negotiations for a global free trade pact, the US envoy to the World Trade Organisation said Thursday.

Michael Punke, who is also the US deputy trade representative, warned that plans to conclude the long-stalled talks this year would be torpedoed if member states failed to step up and engage immediately in substantive negotiations.

Washington’s willingness to publicly tweak Beijing and Delhi on this suggests a new seriousness about trade negotiations on the American side.

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