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Boycotting Chinese goods is pie-in-the-sky for now; there is no alternative to imports

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19.03.2019

Ever since the Pulwama attack that killed CRPF jawans and the continued Chinese cover for Pakistan—China, once again, thwarted India’s efforts to have Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar declared a ‘global terrorist’—there have been a series of calls to boycott Chinese goods, to keep Chinese firms out of the Indian market; US president Donald Trump playing hardball with the Chinese on trade and the US government action against Huawei are cited admiringly in this context. A Delhi-based traders association has called for a Holika-dahan-style burning of Chinese goods on Tuesday and various WhatsApp forwards helpfully give details of Indian mobile phones that can be bought here instead of Chinese brands; so they cost a bit more, the underlying argument is, but a true patriot won’t mind as this will deal a big blow to China since mobile phone imports are around a fifth of imports from that country.

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