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Jul 11, 2019 | 15:03 GMT

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India: U.S. Trade Delegation to Arrive July 12 for Bilateral Talks

What Happened: A U.S. trade delegation will arrive in India on July 12 for talks covering a variety of issues, including data localization, e-commerce regulations and tariffs, Reuters reported July 11.

Why It Matters: Although the United States and India are cooperating on defense issues, trade relations between both countries remain contentious. Washington and New Delhi could each offer concessions to avoid a broader confrontation, including a U.S. trade investigation, but it remains unclear if the talks will lead to an understanding between both sides.

Background: The rapid growth of India's $200 billion digital economy has created the need for a comprehensive data protection bill, which has raised concerns about rising data storage costs among U.S. technology firms operating in India.

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