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  7/19/2011, Tammuz 17, 5771

Clinton Pushes India to Open Markets to US Companies


American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressured India on Tuesday to open markets faster and resolve questions on a civilian nuclear accord that United States companies hope could mean billions of dollars in new business.

Clinton opened high-level U.S.-Indian negotiations with a firm push for New Delhi to submit to American demands on key economic issues that would open Indian markets to powerful Western companies and permeate Indian society with America's consumer culture.

"The stakes are high. So it is critical that this dialogue lead to concrete and coordinated steps that each of our governments take to produce real results," Clinton said in her opening remarks at the meeting, the latest in a series of talks aimed at deepening Washington's political, cultural and economic control of the world's second most populous country.