India, Pakistan and US: The Delicate Dance, and Why India Must Be Aware That US Will Focus on Its Interests

The United Nations General Assembly brought world policy makers and leaders to New York last week. Imran Khan of Pakistan and Narendra Modi of India were there. Of course, US President Donald Trump was there — he was the central cast. President Trump met with Khan and Modi bilaterally in New York.

Before the UN meetings, Trump met with Modi in Houston where 50,000 Indian Diaspora had gathered to celebrate and listen to Modi.

After all these meetings, the cheese did not move much.

The Endless Roller Coaster of US-China Trade Relations, and Huawei

The United States and China have now been in what appears to be endless trade dispute with no clear path to move forward.  While this has been longer than anyone had initially anticipated, it is not surprising given that the dispute involves important, structural matters. China argues that the United States is adopting a discriminatory posture towards China, and points to banning of Hua Wei equipment and service as evidence of this.  The United States argues that China is protecting its market and not letting American products and services into China.  The US also argues that China is letting violations of Intellectual Property Rights occur without any consequences to that actor(s.)

 Whatever be the arguments, it is now time for compromise and resolution.  

What does the data tell us about Democratic Party Presidential Primaries: Joe Biden is the clear (and even compelling) leader, He is most electable, and All other inferences are not robust(for Now)

What do polling data tell us unequivocally? Joe Biden is the leader, he is the most electable candidate. Biden’s rival is not clear. It appears to be a cluster: Harris, Warren and Sanders. Empirics tells us that Joe Biden is likely to be the nominee.

Huawei Market Leadership in 5G, and Pricing Strategy for 5G Offerings

A firm that wants to increase the price should “nibble” at price increases.  That is, the increases must be small.  Preferably, small enough to be within the latitude of price acceptance which will mean that there will be no impact on the probability of purchase.  With the increase price, the reference price will also increase in the adaptive model.  As the reference price increases, price latitude will increase.  So, there is much benefit in small increments of price increases.

US-China Trade Negotiations Rightly Includes Resolution on Huawei’s Contributions

The decision to lift some of the restrictions on Huawei is a prudent and mutually beneficial move.  As matter of negotiating chip, there are still many pending restrictions on Huawei.  The US administration should consider relaxing the restrictions further.  Such action will not only engender the goodwill of Chinese government, it will also enhance the productivity and innovation.


Trump administration deserves credit for its likely success in its negotiations with China on commerce and trade. However, not only business and commerce but geo-political considerations also urge a solution to Huawei situation. After all, China’s government is deeply interested in a solution to this issue. Further, other countries may not only gain a technological lead but also geo-political advantage by engaging with Huawei. Apart from UK which is considering engagement with Huawei, so are Canada (on how to repair the relations) and Switzerland.