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Is it Possible for India to Boycott China: The Harsh Truth

Greetings, friends! allow us to see how it's possible to boycott China realistically and practically by us and India .

Some of you had asked that if China is resorting to such dirty means- dumping, theft, currency manipulation- then why are the remainder of the countries not taking any action against China?

They are! Discussions are being held in Australia on how Australia, as a rustic , can reduce its dependency on China . thanks to these reasons, Donald Trump within the USA had announced a trade war against China in 2018 And not only Trump but many politicians of the opposition- the Democratic Party- also supported the trade war So what exactly is entailed during a "trade war"?

Trade war basically means Trump said that each one the Chinese goods that inherit the USA, should be subjected to increased taxes and tariffs which might make these goods costlier. And if these goods become costlier, then the people within the USA wouldn't want to shop for them .It is a really simple method to boycott Chinese products- straightaway increasing tariffs on the Chinese imports .But doing this is able to obviously, cause USA to incur losses also The US companies made products in China thanks to cheaper labour and now once they will import their own products into the US, then it might be costlier for them to try to to so .

Now, either these companies would need to bear losses themselves or they'd raise the value of their products .If they raise the costs of their products, then it might be a loss to the consumers .Things would become costlier for them On the opposite hand, China isn't getting to sit quietly either. China would also hike its import taxes for all the products that come to China from the USA So, basically, this is often what's called a trade war .Both the countries raise their import tariffs to form the to and fro movement of products harder . Hence this is able to end in economic losses for both the countries. then it did happen .

As per the calculations of the Bank of Finland, until November 2019, there was a tenth difference in China's GDP rate of growth thanks to this trade war and a difference of 0.9% on the GDP rate of growth of USA In USA, the most important losses were borne by the farmers, who exported their agricultural products like soyabean to China. But Donald Trump was aware that this trade war would negatively affect the economies of both the countries .

But this wasn't the aim of the trade war the aim was to create pressure upon China and force the latter to fix its ways and to decrease the dependency of USA upon China And both these aims were successful to some extent in some ways. struggling from the trade war, China finally promised to prevent currency manipulation in January 2020 which it might provide stronger legal protection to property , copyrights, trademarks and patents and would help in putting an end to the continued IP theft.  China also promised that the foreign companies that come to China, who are forced to transfer their technology will not be forced by China to try to to so. Another positive effect of this was that it forced several US companies to relocate their production facilities from China to another countries if they want to sell cheaper products .

So, a lot of US companies stopped dealing with China and shifted to other countries And overall, the US dependency on China began to shrink . This can be seen in this graph In January-April 2019, as compared to January-April 2018, What were the percentage changes in the imports of US?

There was a change of minus 10% within the imports coming to US from China . The biggest gainers during this were- Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea , Thailand and Netherlands . The US companies that manufactured their products in China now shifted to those countries- Vietnam, Taiwan, Netherlands . Another graph shows that Vietnam reaped the biggest benefit out of this trade war because a number of things that were manufactured in China are also supplied by Vietnam . The aim behind the discussion on this entire trade war was to show you how easy it is to boycott Chinese products if the government imposes import taxes on the goods coming from China, but doing this is able to end in an enormous blow to the Indian economy .


Why is India not prepared and what it can do to be prepared Come, let us talk about this .

The trade relationships between India and China are extremely imbalanced right now. Talking about 2018-19, then goods worth 70 billion dollars were imported in India from China and therefore the goods exported to China from India was worth merely 16.7 billion dollars . This lopsided imbalance is named a deficit . There is a deficit of nearly 53 billion dollars and this deficit has been increasing over the past few years . That means, this is often an enormous advantage for China that China has made India hooked in to itself . The thong which India imports the foremost from China and that India is that the most hooked in to China is electronic stuff- for instance , TVs, smartphones . Next in line are pharmaceutical products. 65-70% of our medicines come from China . These are the foremost important areas in my opinion which require brooding about the way to replace Chinese goods . When we talk of "Boycotting", this does not mean that we will completely stop using all products from China We will have to look for another alternative We will have to look for alternatives to replace them . Let us first mention what are often done on a private level as a consumer to exchange the products made by Chinese companies by the opposite companies . Doing this is very easy in some fields. For example, if we mention Chinese software, you'll instantly delete the Chinese apps from your phones .

If you discover an app useful, you'll find a non Chinese alternative of it pretty easily . But I believe that there should be some government support to motivate the people for this . The Modi government is making an official Indian government account on TikTok . So it's extremely essential to mount pressure on the govt to atleast stop doing this .

Leaving aside software and talking about hardware, then this too, are often achieved within one year, as Sonam Wangchuk had acknowledged it's not that difficult to try to to . We aren't saying that you simply simply should throw away the Chinese smartphone that you currently possess do not buy a smartphone from a Chinese company, subsequent time you go to buy one for instance , don't buy from Oppo, Vivo etc .

There are several other available options - you'll buy one from Samsung, which may be a South Korean company ,HTC is from Taiwan, Nokia may be a company from Finland, Asus is another company from Taiwan ,Apple may be a company from the USA ,Micromax and LAVA are Indian companies .

You can buy your next smartphone from any of those companies .What should be done in such a scenario? These things are often basically divided into four levels, in my opinion.

 The first level is that the Products made and offered by the Chinese companies that are made in China Products . The second level is- Made in China products that are manufactured by another company. For example, the iPhone. It is made by Apple, which may be a US company. But it is made in China . The third level includes products that use Chinese parts and at the fourth level are companies that have a Chinese investment in them In my opinion, we'd like to stay alert at only the primary level out of of these four levels . We need to boycott products manufactured and produced by the Chinese companies in china and products strengthening the Chinese Economy . Made in China products aren't that big a deal, in my opinion .

Because, today, Apple manufactures its iPhones in China because the manufacturing costs are rock bottom there . But say, Trump kept the import taxes high on the iPhones that are made in China, or that Apple noticed that Chinese labour is increasingly becoming expensive, and that they would get cheaper labour in another country, then Apple can shift its production companies with comparative ease and therefore the iPhones that were "made in China" until yesterday will now become "made in India". So this is not that big of a drag as long because the companies- be it foreign, Indian or non Chinese- manufacture products in China then i do not think that you should boycott them .

You can continue using such products . There are so many Indian startups which have some percentage of their ownership in the hands of China or Chinese companies have invested their money in them Our popular companies- Zomato, Swiggy, Ola, Paytm, Ola, BYJU's . Some percentage of of these companies are owned by Chinese companies .

Their case is extremely interesting on one hand, you'll argue that these companies were started in India . They provide both jobs and benefit to Indians and hence we should always not boycott them . On the opposite hand, you'll also argue that Chinese companies own some portion of those companies . So, some percentage of all the profit that these companies make would attend the Chinese companies and help them make profits . And as you are aware, Chinese companies dance to the tunes of the Chinese Communist party . They would hand over their entire data if the latter demanded so I feel that both the arguments here hold weightage.

We should evaluate what percentage of a corporation is owned by a Chinese Company If that figure is small- around 10-20%, then it wouldn't make that big of a difference but if that figure touches 40-60%, as in the case of Paytm, then we should not use these companies . Because using them would be tantamount to transferring majority of the quantity to China and Chinese companies are minting profit off of them . And if the ownership is more than 50%, then the decision making also gets transferred into Chinese hands . 

I'd say that we should always avoid them during this case also because Chinese companies are our main target here and eventually , there are some folks that say that we should boycott Chinese food as well! And this is utter rubbish! Y

ou shouldn't do this at all. Think about it- Who is making the Chinese food? The Chinese restaurants in India, where Indian cooks are employed The restaurant has been found out by some Indian who is serving other Indians . So how does it matter to the Chinese? The food is not being imported from China!

In fact, you would be surprised to understand that several Chinese dishes that are served in India today within the name of "Chinese food", have actually originated in India . You would not get such food if you ever attend China the food that you simply get in India within the name of "Chinese food" .

For example, tons of individuals think that momos have come from China but they really originated in North-east India . So, there is no benefit in boycotting things like these . By doing this, we might be going against the people of our own country and harming our own country . Doing all this would only increase racism against the North eastern people And a similar malarkey is being out forward here.

 Some BJP youth workers are rampaging shops because they sell Chinese toys ,Who goes to incur losses by doing this?


  Talking on the level of businesses and companies, What can they do to boycott Chinese products? We need to know one thing first Companies and business do what their customers demand. If the purchasers demand the most cost effective product available, then no company would sell those products which no one is buying.

If they see that folks buy made in China products because they're cheaper, then that's what they'll sell there is no sense in blaming the businesses and businesses in this this is often why i'm saying that it makes no sense to vandalize the shops of the shop owners we'll need to motivate them in positive ways For example, these companies can use "not made in China" as a marketing tactic The shop owners can put up large signs ahead of their shops declaring that they are doing not sell Chinese goods I feel that more people would want to return to such a store the companies of the shops would definitely increase if the owners use this as a marketing tactic and this is often a positive way of doing this there's no force or vandalism involved .

But if something more has got to be done, then it's to happen on the govt level So allow us to now mention what are often done on a government level to boycott China The first thing is - Free Trade Agreements Free Trade Agreements are signed to boost trade between two countries Both countries cut down their import taxes and remove other barriers to facilitate trade between both the countries If India wishes to scale back the imports from China, and needs to lower its dependency on China, then it will need to ink trade agreements with the remainder of the countries India's trade agreement with Australia has been stuck in negotiations for the past 8 years The government has been unable to barter with Australia to require this forward India's trade agreement with the ecu Union has been stuck in negotiations for the past 10 years As long as India doesn't increase its trade with Australia and therefore the European Union , the dependency on China can't be lessened Taking advantage of India's laziness, other countries are getting before India Vietnam has already inked a trade agreement with the ecu Union and India will need to bear the brunt of this Export of footware, marine products, garments, furniture that India sends to the ecu Union will now diminish because the ecu Union has inked a trade agreement with Vietnam therefore the products from Vietnam would now be cheaper .


Furthermore, if you think about the trade war between US and China, when US companies were trying to find alternatives to import from instead on China, then India should are their next option But most of the US companies didn't choose India and opted for Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea instead This tells us that the economic conditions of India are not good today This shows the failure of the Indian government The infrastructure of India isn't great, there's rampant corruption and there are several other reasons owing to which India could not compete with Vietnam .

Its social image so as to draw in such companies to India Also, the govt would need to admit what huge flops programmes like Make in India and Startup India have been Had they not been such huge flops, then the Chinese investments that you simply see in these startups wouldn't are made Indian startups would have gotten support as well as investment from the Indian government and that they would are ready to sustain themselves within the last point, I'd wish to mention that India must improves . India is able to scale back its dependency on China And doing this is often no easy job Our government is failing during this front also considering the relations we see with Nepal today .

So these are some ways in which we will adopt on a private level and what the govt can adopt on its level so as to lower our dependency on China and to boycott it I hope you would have liked this video. Share it so that it reaches more and more people and so that they're able to take actions in their lives to reduce the use of Chinese products as much as possible I'm saying as little as possible because not everything can be boycotted or that you shouldn't use that at all even if you need it The Use of Chinese products should be reduced as much as possible .

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