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Indians are trending #BoycottChineseProducts—using Chinese smartphones

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15.03.2019

Chew on this: For the past few days, Indians have probably been using Chinese-made phones to seek a boycott of made-in-China products.

After China blocked a March 13 UN Security Council move to blacklist Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, as a “global terrorist,” Indians trended #BoycottChineseProducts on Twitter. They asked fellow citizens to stop buying China-made electronic products, clothing, and firecrackers, among other things.

Yet, in fiscal 2018, Indians spent upwards of Rs50,000 crore ($7.2 billion) on just four Chinese smartphone brands—Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Honor.

This irony didn’t go unnoticed.

Very curious how many people tweeting #BoycottChineseProducts are using phones from China – Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei, Gionee.

— Niha Masih........

© Quartz