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India: Friction between India and Brazil, following disagreement at WTO by Huma Siddiqui August 01,2019   |  Source: Financial Express

With India’s stand against Brazil’s stand on the fisheries subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the ongoing negotiations, the two are heading towards diplomatic friction. This is expected to hit the India-MERCOSUR talks as well as BRICS grouping.

The current rift between the two major emerging countries is based on Brazil’s decision to give up developing country special and differential treatment (S&DT) at the WTO. This is something that the Trump administration had again demanded of emerging nations last Friday. Sharing his views with Financial Express Online, Gustavo Rojas, Researcher of the Center of Analysis and Dissemination of the Paraguayan Economy (CADEP) said “India’s recent veto against Brazil over the ongoing negotiation in the WTO on subsidies in the fisheries sector is a first sign of the discomfort growing among emerging countries. Particularly among BRICS member nations, after Brazil officially expressing its intention to open up special and differential treatment in future negotiations in the WTO.”

The change of Brazilian position means a break in relation in its diplomatic tradition, and may affect its ability to coordinate positions among developing countries in the WTO, a role traditionally shared with India, Rojas observes. In

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