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India turns up heat on Malaysia, Turkey

For the present, the Indian government is content to allow popular discontent to show itself as traders stop buying Malaysian palm oil and social media trends with #boycottmalaysia. Reports have quoted industry representatives as saying Indian importers and refiners are moving palm oil purchases from Malaysia to Indonesia. Putting a brave face on it, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammed was quoted as saying that his government would “work diplomatically” with India to resolve the trade problems if indeed India did take such action. There has been no official word from India, and for the moment the Modi government plans to keep it that way. India has already taken action against Turkish defence company Anadolu Shipyard that builds support ships for the Indian Navy , barring it from the huge Indian defence market.

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