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US move to end India trade benefit rattles Indonesia and Thailand

Trump demands market access from beneficiaries of tariff-free import program

A worker holds harvested chillies at a plantation in Pasir Datar Indah village near Sukabumi, in Indonesia's West Java province. Chillies are among the products waived for tariffs by the U.S.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to remove preferential tariff treatment for India and Turkey, the U.S. appears intent on widening its trade war, with Asian countries such as Indonesia and Thailand working behind the scenes to avoid a similar fate.

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