The EU is India`s largest trading partner, accounting for 11.1% of India`s total trade, on an equal footing with the United States and China (10.7%) ». We are confident that free trade agreements with the EU and the US will benefit India and that talks will resume,” said Gopal Krishna Agarwal, national spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party for Economic Affairs. “India is not opposed to trade agreements with other countries, although now, it seems, after the release of the RCEP, the popular idea is that we understand the need to remain integrated at the global and regional level,” Agarwal added. During the George W. Bush administration, relations between India and the United States flourished, in part because of common concerns about the rise of Islamic extremism, energy security and climate change.  George W. Bush commented, “India is an excellent example of democracy. It is very pious, has different religious heads, but everyone feels good about their religion. The world needs India.  Fareed Zakaria described George W. Bush in his book The Post-American World as “the pro-Indian president in American history.”  Rejaul Karim Laskar, an Indian foreign policy scholar and ideologue of the Indian Congress party, the largest voter in the UPA, reflects similar sentiments. According to Laskar, the UPA rule has undergone a “transformation of bilateral relations with the United States,” allowing relations “to cover a wide range of topics, including high technology, space, education, agriculture, trade, clean energy, counter-terrorism, etc.”  The Civil Nuclear Agreement between India and the United States, signed on October 10, 2008, is a bilateral agreement on peaceful nuclear cooperation that governs civil nuclear trade between U.S. and Indian companies in order to mutually participate in each other`s civilian nuclear energy sector.
 For the agreement to be operational, nuclear vendors and operators must comply with India`s Nuclear Liability Act 2010, which requires nuclear suppliers, contractors and operators to assume financial responsibility in the event of an accident. According to Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, India and the United States have begun talks on a free trade agreement. Unlike the United States, India lacks a powerful lobby in its own country to promote a liberal trade policy. The industry continues to focus to a large extent on serving the large domestic market, while decades of protectionist measures have protected firms from competition in international markets. As a result, India exports much less than other markets of comparable size and domestic consumption is the main driver of economic growth. Trump has hinted at a “big deal,” but a free trade deal doesn`t seem likely now, especially as the Indian economy continues to struggle and the U.S. goes to the presidential election. Even in the agreement signed in 2009 between India and Korea in 2009 (Global Economic Partnership), signed in 2009, “We found that our exports to Korea at the time of the signing of this free trade agreement amounted to $3.4 billion” and that it was “only $4.6 billion in ten years,” but that imports to India “have grown exponentially and our trade deficit has widened and increased further.”