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India trade progress difficult despite goodwill for Narendra Modi's visit

An Indian trade official has warned Australia not to get too optimistic about signing new deals with the sub-continental giant, unless they are clearly "mutually beneficial".

The warning comes as optimism swirls around Monday's talks between Malcolm Turnbull and his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and suggests the initial goodwill will run into institutional resistance when talks reach the detailed stage during negotiations.

With trade between Australia and India lagging well behind that of Australia and China, Mr Turnbull is hopeful he can reopen stalled free trade talks, and dramatically increase Australian exports of energy commodities, higher education, and professional services. Full Story


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