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Boycott Chinese products chorus grows following Ladakh LAC stand-off: What we know so far

Strong protest against the Chinese goods and products is building up in the country amid the rising tensions at the India-China Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The news of 20 Indian soldiers killed by the PLA in Galwan Valley has given rise to the call of Boycott Chinese Products/Goods.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 17, 2020 14:02 IST
Ahmedabad: Demonstrators burn posters of Chinese President
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Ahmedabad: Demonstrators burn posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest against China, in Ahmedabad, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 20 soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night during a clash with Chinese troops in the first such incident involving fatalities after a gap of 45 years, signalling a massive escalation in the five-week border standoff in the sensitive region.  (PTI Photo)

Strong protest against the Chinese goods and products is building up in the country amid the rising tensions at the India-China Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The news of 20 Indian soldiers killed by the PLA in Galwan Valley has given rise to the call of Boycott Chinese Products/Goods. India's traders body - Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) - called for boycotting Chinese goods. On Wednesday, RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch also urged the government to stop giving projects to Chinese firms and companies. Similar voices were raised by people on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. 

#BoycottChina, #BoycottChineseProducts was a trending hashtag on social media platforms. #TeachLessonToChina and #ChinaGetOut also filled several social media posts. 

Traders’ body CAIT calls for the boycott of 3,000 Chinese products

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called for boycott of Chinese goods, listing 450 imported items which includes cosmetics, bags, toys, furniture, footwear, watches. 

The traders’ body released a list of over 450 broad categories of commodities, which have over 3,000 Chinese products.

At present, India imports about Rs 5.25 lakh crore, i.e. $ 70 billion, worth of goods annually from China. 

The CAIT said that the objective is to reduce the import of Chinese finished goods by $13 billion or about Rs 1 lakh crore by December 2021. 

Boycott Chinese products chorus grows on Twitter

As the standoff with Chinese troops on the border turned ugly, Twitterati also took to social media to make #BoycottChineseProducts #BoycottChinese, #BoycottChina, #ChinaGetOut campaign trend again. #IndiaChinaFaceOff, #IndiaChinaBorder, #WorldWar3, were among the other trending topics.

Ban Chinese firms from government tenders, demands RSS-affiliated SJM

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch on Wednesday demanded that Chinese companies be banned from participation in the tendering process in the country.

The Manch -- an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that deals with economic issues -- also demanded the cancellation of the lowest bid made by China's Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co Ltd for the construction of an underground stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System project.

Appealing to the Indians to boycott Chinese products, the Manch demanded a ban on the import of Chinese goods and levy of cess on China-made products sold in India.

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