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US supports firms weighing India as alternative to China

Narendra Modi is learnt to have asked states to roll out red carpet for firms exiting Beijing

Source | | Gulveen Aulakh

NEW DELHI: India could emerge as an alternative investment destination for US companies doing business in China in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, a view that the US government’s Department of State is supporting.

In a meeting held last week between a senior official of the US Department of State and representatives of large American companies operating in India, through the American Chamber of Commerce in India, the importance of India as a potential destination for businesses shifting from China was underlined.

“India can quickly become a favourable jurisdiction for more of the industrial activities that are happening currently in China,” Thomas Vajda, assistant secretary of state for South Asia in the US Department of State, is learnt to have told representatives who attended the virtual meeting.

Representatives of several US-based companies have also been advised to propose to the Indian government to offer incentives that would facilitate proliferation of US businesses in India, thus creating aready environment for more businesses to come to the country.

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