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Amazon deflects India headwinds with local production pledge

Deal to make Fire TV Sticks in Chennai comes amid calls for retail protectionism

Amazon has big ambitions in India, home to the world's second-largest online population.   © Reuters

MUMBAI/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Amazon's new commitment to manufacturing in India comes at a time of rising opposition to the U.S. e-commerce leader's attempt to widen its foothold in the country's vast market.

Later this year, Amazon will begin producing Fire TV Sticks with the help of Foxconn, the Taiwanese iPhone assembler formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry.

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