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Chinese goods still popular in India despite boycott calls: Chinese media


BP International Desk

China has said its products remain as popular in India as ever before and their sale has not been hit a bit despite a strong boycott campaign through social media.

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“Regardless of the passionate boycott in India and Indian media’s hysteric reports of a “doomsday” for Chinese products, Chinese goods have never been condemned by Indian government and are popular across the nation,” says a report published in Global Post.

Stating that the boycott has not achieved “success”, the report adds, “Sales figures for Chinese products on the top three Indian online retailers in the first week of October hit a new record. Amazingly, the Chinese mobile phone company Xiaomi sold half a million phones in just three days on the Flipkart, Amazon India, Snapdeal and Tata CLiQ platforms”.

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The report states the bilateral trade relationship is one of the pillars of the Sino-Indian relationship. “The trade volume was over $70 billion in 2015, and China’s investment in India soared to around $ 870 million in 2015, six times what it was in 2014,” it wrote.

According to the report, Chinese products are often the victim when regional situations get tense, and this phenomenon has been existing for quite a few years.

Reports say some three incidents in the region to boycott campaign which include “dissatisfaction over China’s stand on the issue of Maulana Masood Azhar—leader of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed active in Kashmir, who is accused of committing terrorist acts in India, China’s lack of support for India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and now the Kashmir issue.

The report further mentions, “For the dragon and elephant, enhancing economic ties would be a preferable way to promote the comprehensive bilateral relationship. The more economic cooperation exists, the more opportunities there will be for Chinese products to enter the Indian market. India is a big potential market, and people using smartphones and doing online shopping has become the irreversible trend in the new era”.

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