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Washington: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has invited US businessmen to invest in his state saying Haryana’s new industrial policy offered an ideal climate for doing business and getting best return on investment.

“Haryana has witnessed a remarkable growth in terms of infrastructure,” he said at a reception hosted by the Indian ambassador Arun K. Singh for Lal, leading a 20-member delegation of officials and businessmen on a 10-day trip to the US and Canada.

While the state had only four national highways till now, nine national highways are being built to connect the districts, he said.
The state has an abundance of raw material for industries, which could be transported easily as a result of these new road projects.

The Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, work on which has begun, would work to the advantage of investors.

Efforts were also being made by the state government to set up an aviation hub in Haryana, including the Maintenance and Repair Operation (MRO) facility for the aircraft industry.

agri11Haryana being an agrarian state, the setting up and promotion of agro-based industries, food processing would remain a priority for the Haryana Government, Lal said.

Pharma, information technology, auto, defence production, aerospace and aircraft industries were other priority key sectors.

In his welcoming remarks Singh, India-US relationship had attained new heights with their cooperation deepening in the established sectors while new fields were being continuously added to widen it.

The ambassador said Lal’s visit was an example of “collaborative federalism” and “competitive federalism” encouraged by the new Modi government whereby states complement the central government’s efforts to win business abroad even as they compete with each other.

US-India Business Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry are hosting a lunch roundtable with the Haryana delegation on Wednesday at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Haryana’s Industries and Commerce Minister Capt. Abhimanyu will also speak at the roundtable, while Principal Secretary Devender Singh will make a presentation on Investment Opportunities in Haryana.

(IANS)

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US business executives are now bracing for further retaliation from China due to Meng's arrest

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President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping during their bilateral meeting, Dec. 1, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. VOA

China and the US are set to take action against each other as tensions escalate over trade, cyber hacking and espionage as senior American law enforcement officials identified Beijing as the most serious threat to Washington’s national security, officials said.

China’s methods of non-traditional espionage, including their use of ordinary Chinese expatriates instead of spies at universities and businesses, and intellectual property theft, were explained by the officials from the FBI and Departments of Justice and Homeland Security who briefed US lawmakers on Wednesday, CNN reported.

“As the US proceeds a whole of society response to this threat, we must address the vulnerabilities within our system while preserving our values and the open, free and fair principles that have made us thrive,” E.W. Priestap, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Assistant Director of Counter-intelligence told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“What hangs in the balance is not just the future of the US, but the future of the world.”

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) top national security official told lawmakers on Wednesday the administration was reacting to China’s “steadily increasing” economic espionage activity, which costs the US an estimated $225 billion a year.

From 2011 to 2018, more than 90 per cent of the DOJ’s cases alleging economic espionage by a state have involved China, and more than two-thirds of trade secret thefts have a nexus to China, Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump. VOA

“From underwater drones and autonomous vehicles to critical chemical compounds and inbred corn seeds, China has targeted advanced technology across sectors that align with China’s publicly announced strategic goals,” Demers said. “The play book is simple: rob, replicate and replace.”

Priestap and his colleagues testified hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in an interview with Fox News that the US believes Beijing was behind the massive cyber-attack on the Marriott hotel chain, CNN reported.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the assault was part of a broader Chinese operation that also targeted health insurers and the security clearance files of millions of Americans.

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Those disclosures came a day after President Donald Trump said that he would be willing to use Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada for violating US sanctions on Iran as a bargaining chip in his trade war with Beijing, which for now is in a 90-day pause.

A Canadian judge on Tuesday night granted Meng a $7.5 million bail, while she awaits extradition to the US.

US business executives are now bracing for further retaliation from China due to Meng’s arrest. (IANS)