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In India’s Rift With Malaysia, Palm Oil and Politics Don't Mix

Jan 29, 2020 | 09:00 GMT
This photo shows palm oil fruit after harvest.

India has not expressly targeted Malaysia with restrictions on palm oil imports it put into place in January, but the action came after Malaysia's prime minister criticized Indian policies as detrimental to Indian Muslims.

(ZIKRI MAULANA/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

By restricting Malaysia's palm oil imports, India has made it clear that for smaller trade partners, getting access to its massive market means staying out of New Delhi's political controversies. ...

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