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U.S. sets trade enforcement policies in motion against India

The first point of focus for the new trade actions will be green energy, in particular the solar programs.

The U.S. and India have been sparring over intellectual property rights since December 2013's Khobragade incident. This involved the arrest and controversial treatment of an Indian consul who was obtained by U.S. federal law enforcement officials and strip-searched on her way to the U.S. to work for Devyani Khobragade, then the Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of India in New York City. The issue came to a head on February 10 as the U.S. was set to announce trade enforcement action against India related to drug companies. 

Reuters reports that India has generally been perceived by U.S. lawmakers and business groups as a perpetual offender of intellectual property rights, and the U.S. has said it will bring India to the World Trade Organization to settle arguments over the ownership of intellectual content. 

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