Following China’s unjust voting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in listing one of India’s most wanted, JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, many Indian traders including Patanjali called for boycott of Chinese goods. According to recent trade stats, Indian exports to China has declined while imports have risen significantly.
The Pulwama attacks against India in February this year that killed more than 40 Indian army personals were claimed responsible by the Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) led by Masood Azhar. The very same terrorist is responsible for many such terror attacks in India in the past.
This year for the fourth time, China blocked the India’s bid at the UNSC to enlist Masood Azhar among the global terrorist. China’s unjust reaction towards India led to a strong uproar among the country’s general public. While politicians started expressing regret at India’s mistake of offering China the permanent seat at the UNSC, Indian traders showed their anger by campaign for boycott of Chinese goods.
China is one of the biggest trading partners of India and exports everything from mobile phones to cosmetics. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which represents 70 million traders as well as the Patanjali Ayurved Private Limited are among prominent names who publicly called for boycott of Chinese goods in India.
The campaign calling for Boycott Chinese goods is also trending on the social media. Traders have called on the government to take a strong step on the matter and defeat China on the trade front.
“Chinese products – from mobile phones made by companies such as Xiaomi Inc to toys – are ubiquitous in India and trade between the countries touched $89.71 billion in the year ending March 2018. The trade deficit widened to $63.05 billion in China’s favour, more than a nine-fold increase over the past decade.” according to the report in by Money Control.