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International relations

India keeps pushing to cut trade deficit with China

New Delhi aims to capitalize on trade war and uses RCEP to pressure Beijing

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Source photo by Reuters)

NEW DELHI -- Despite a narrowing of India's trade deficit with China recently, New Delhi is calling on its neighbor to absorb more of its products to further bridge the gap.

"That kind of deficit is not economically sustainable, and it can also become politically sensitive if we don't take steps to address the deficit," Indian ambassador to Beijing Vikram Misri recently told state-run China Daily in Beijing. India's trade deficit with China is running at above $53 billion.

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