India Inc urges China to remove non-tariff barriers

Seeking more market access to reduce the trade deficit,India Inc on Thursday demanded that non-tariff barriers which impeded Indian companies to establish themselves in China should be removed.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Shanghai | Published:August 20, 2010 1:15 am

Seeking more market access to reduce the trade deficit,India Inc on Thursday demanded that non-tariff barriers which impeded Indian companies to establish themselves in China should be removed.

India’s export basket is not representative (to China) of our competence in a number of areas,for example engineering products,pharmaceuticals,machineries,CII vice-president B Muthuraman,who is also the Managing director of Tata Steel,said while addressing the India Business Forum.

“There is,therefore,need to make India’s basket fairly representative of its potential and competitiveness. Indian industry would like to seek across to China’s domestic market products. The non-tariff barriers need to be reviewed and eliminated. It would also help in reducing India’s deficit in trade with China,” he said.

A total of 360 Chinese businesspersons,industrialists and officials from all over China attended the meeting,which was the culmination of about 16 such meetings held all over China for the past few months to push brand India into China. Muthuraman said that Indian companies would like to invest in China in sectors like pharmaceuticals,machineries and engineering products to tap huge Chinese domestic market and for export to other countries.

“Indian companies have not yet been able to achieve significant growth in China as we feel they have not been provided access to the market. We therefore seek improved access to Chinese domestic market in services sector such as IT,ITES,health care,media and entertainment and education,” he said.

Indian Ambassador to China,S Jaishankar said our economic relationship has actually been the game changer in bilateral ties,particularly in the last decade.

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