India Boycotts Chinese Goods In its Ongoing Diwali Season. China Reacts…
In what seems like the beginning of a diplomatic face-off between India and China, India has made a move to boycott Chinese goods.
Reacting to the move, China on Thursday said any such move will negatively impact the India-bound investments from its enterprises.
China also warned that India boycotting Chinese goods will mar bilateral cooperations between the two countries.
Asserting its place as the world’s leading exporter, China affirms that any such boycott would not significantly affect its exports.
They claimed that “without proper substitutes, the biggest losers of the boycott of Chinese goods will be Indian traders and consumers”.
The Chinese Embassy in a statement on India Times, said China is the world’s largest trading nation in goods, with its exports in 2015 amounted to $2276.5 billion.
India Boycotts Chinese Goods, China Reacts
According to them:
“The exports to India accounted for only 2% of China’s total exports. And India’s boycott of Chinese goods will not have much impact on China’s exports.
“China is more concerned that the boycott will negatively affect Chinese enterprises to invest in India and the bilateral cooperation, which both Chinese and Indian people are not willing to see.”
Coming on the heels of growing tension between India and Pakistan, there have been calls from some quarters to boycott Chinese goods.
The boycott being done in protest against China’s support to Pakistan.
Apex traders body CAIT (Confederation of All India Traders) recently said the sale of Chinese products may decline by 30% this Diwali.
India is a big market for Chinese products.
Over the years, import of toys, furniture, building hardware, lighting and electric fittings, furnishing, office stationary, electronics, kitchen appliances, gift items, watches, etc from China has greatly increased.
China Issues Warning As India Boycotts Chinese Goods
According to the CAIT, Chinese products being generally low-priced is the root cause of infiltration of Chinese goods in the Indian market.
Chinese Embassy in its statement, referred to reports that local sellers in Sadar Bazaar, the largest wholesale market of household items in India, have complained about their Chinese goods sale dropping by at least 20%.
The statement said:
“The boycott effect will not limit to Diwali related products, but extended to other Chinese products that are not related to the festival.In the long-run,
“In the long-run, boycott will not only hurt Chinese goods sales, but also cause negative effects to consumers in India.”
India-China bilateral trade has grown 24 times in 15 years, from $2.9 billion in 2000 to $71.6 billion in 2015.
China has become India’s largest trading partner, source of imports and fourth largest export market.
Moreover, India is the China’s largest trading partner in South Asia and ninth largest export market in the world, according to the Chinese Embassy report.