China to take concrete steps to bridge trade deficit, give more market access to Indian products: Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi: China has agreed to take concrete steps such as giving more market access to Indian products and services, and setting up industrial parks in New Delhi to narrow the widening trade deficit, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

India has raised the concerns of ballooning trade deficit and the growing difference between imports and exports, at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan, he said.

The Chinese minister "has agreed to balance the trade with India over a period of time by doing 3-4 things. He is personally keen to address the trade deficit issue by importing more from India", Prabhu told PTI.

China would work to provide greater market access to agricultural items, pharmaceuticals and other manufactured products, he said.

File photo of Union minister Suresh Prabhu. AFP

File photo of Union minister Suresh Prabhu. AFP

To facilitate the movement of goods, the neighbouring country has agreed to organise Government-to-Government meetings to address regulatory issues for sectors like pharma and also hold Business-to-Business meetings.

Prabhu said that exporting more services to China will also help address the trade deficit issue in a big way.

In the next few weeks, he said, the ministry will send strong delegation to the neighbouring country.

He further informed that China has a concrete proposal to set up industrial parks in India to promote investments.

"Manufacturing those things which are made in China today and are imported by India... so why not make in India itself. So we will do that. For that they have concrete proposal that they will make industrial parks in India," he added.

"This is the first time that the Chinese side have agreed to (take steps) like this," he added.

India's trade deficit with China stood at $36.73 billion during the April-October period of the current fiscal.

The deficit had marginally dipped to $51 billion in 2016-17 from $52.69 billion in the previous fiscal.

The bilateral trade between the countries increased to $71.42 billion in 2016-17 from $70.17 billion in the previous fiscal.

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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2018 16:17:41 IST

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