India's trade deficit with China marginally declines to to $51 bn in 2016-17

New Delhi: India's trade deficit with China has marginally dipped to US $51 billion in 2016-17 from US $52.69 billion in the previous fiscal, Parliament was informed on Monday.

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that efforts are being made to increase overall exports by diversifying the trade basket with emphasis on manufactured goods, services, resolution of market access issues and other non-trade barriers.

 Indias trade deficit with China marginally declines to to  bn in 2016-17

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"This is done through bilateral meetings and institutional dialogues. Indian exporters are encouraged to participate in major trade fairs in China to show-case Indian products," she said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

In a separate reply, the minister also listed out top 10 countries with which India's trade deficit has increased during the last three years and this fiscal.

The countries include South Africa, Iran, Russia, Canada, Japan, Australia and China.

India's bilateral trade with China stood at US $71.48 billion in 2016-17.

Replying to a separate question, she said the government is not working on a proposal to merge the directorate general of foreign trade with the central board for excise and customs to promote ease of doing business.

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Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017 16:44:22 IST