NEW DELHI: India recently sought greater market access for agricultural products like rapeseed, Soya beans, basmati and non basmati rice, fruits, vegetables and sugar from China during the meeting of India China Joint group on economic relations, trade, science and technology in the national capital on March 26 Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu welcomed his Chinese counterpart Mr Zhong Shan who attended the meeting. Welcoming Mr. Zhong Shan, Mr Prabhu said that the joint group between India and China is the oldest and the most important dialogue mechanism between the two countries.
Addressing India’s trade imbalance with China is the most important issue to be taken up by the group. Minister exhorted his Chinese counterpart for greater market access for agricultural products like rapeseed, soyabean, basmati and non-basmati rice, fruits, vegetables and sugar.
Another commodity which could be exported from India to China is the high quality pharmaceutical products. Export of India’s IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) to China and cooperation in the sectors of tourism and healthcare needs to be focussed on.
Chinese Minister Mr. Zhong Shan welcomed Indian investment in China and promised to address the trade deficit between the two Countries.
The Minister highlighted the important issues discussed in the meeting like two-way trade relations, preparation of an action plan, greater focus on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and e-dialogue.