John Kerry to visit India, to discuss key issues

Washington: The US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead a high powered American delegation to co-chair the fourth edition of the India-US Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki said.

“I expect the conversation during the trip to be wide-ranging. There are number of issues that we work on bilaterally with India, whether it’s our economic relationship or issues like climate change and energy, security and counter terrorism issues,” he said.
Leading a wide ranging whole-of-government, Kerry would be accompanied by the Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), Admiral Samuel J Locklear, NASA Administrator, Charles Bolten, USAID Administrator, Raj Shah, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Rand Beers along with the Science and Technology Advisor to the US President, John P Holdren and Fred P Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the US.

Days ahead of the Strategic Dialogue, Obama Administration has been flooded with letters from lawmakers and businesses on the alleged discriminatory trade and economic policies of the Indian Government.

“We are hearing more and more from multiple industry groups that the erosion of intellectual property is a key factor with respect to decisions being made regarding investment in India,” Elliot said.

The alliance is co-chaired by the National Association of Manufacturers and US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Centre. “International pharmaceutical community looks at India as the bad operator, as the ‘outlier’. I think India is the outlier. That’s why you’re getting such reactions from the business community,” he said.


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