What Happened: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrives Oct. 2 in New Delhi for talks with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for potential talks on trade, The Hindu reported Oct. 1.
Why It Matters: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is leading U.S. trade talks with India, but Ross is likely visiting New Delhi in a bid to gauge his host's interest in a trade deal and inquire about possible Indian concessions.
Background: Lighthizer and Goyal met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly late last month, but the pair failed to seal a deal. Earlier this year, the White House revoked New Delhi's tariff benefits following complaints from some U.S. sectors about difficulties accessing the Indian market. In response, India raised tariffs on 28 U.S. goods.
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