By Bruce Stokes, Director of Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center

Special to Foreign Policy

To quote the Beatles, the ice is slowly melting between India and the United States after trade relations had been in a deep freeze for several years.

President Barack Obama will travel to India in January to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the chief guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending India’s Republic Day. While there he is expected to talk trade and anti-terrorism with his host Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In part as preparation for that official visit, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is in India on Nov. 24-25, where he will co-chair the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman.

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