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March 06, 2009 18:51 IST
Criticising the US for resorting to protectionism in the wake of the global financial crisis, India on Friday warned such a "negative" trend will have a cascading effect on major economies and undermine efforts to overcome the downturn in the shortest possible time.

"That the biggest economy in the world, the US, where this global financial tsunami originated, should be resorting to trade-restrictive practices is particularly disturbing," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said at a conclave here.

He said the US government's stimulus package imposing restrictions on public procurement or discouraging US firms from outsourcing or restricting foreign workers is not in keeping with the spirit of global cooperation.

"It also runs counter to the current efforts to stem the sharp decline in the economic growth worldwide, especially in the US and other developed markets," he said.

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