Youth Congress activists in Kolkata smash Chinese products during a protest over the killing of 20 Indian Army soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. | PTI
Youth Congress activists in Kolkata smash Chinese products during a protest over the killing of 20 Indian Army soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. | PTI
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New Delhi: OnePlus, a China-based smartphone maker, saw its latest model sold off within minutes in India on Thursday, despite growing calls for boycott of Chinese goods following a border conflict between the Asian neighbors.

The OnePlus 8 Pro mobile phone, which is priced at a significant discount to Apple Inc.’s latest iPhones, was not available on Inc.’s local website just a few minutes after it went on sale. At the same time, #BoycottChineseProducts was among the top Twitter trends in India for almost two days, after the nation’s army said at least 20 of its soldiers lost their lives in a violent standoff with Chinese troops in a contested Himalayan border.

The pace of sales show that weaning away Indians from feature-rich and cheaply priced Chinese products is easier said than done. India relies on China for the bulk of its imports, with purchases in the year ended March running into more than $60 billion. Beijing runs a trade surplus of about $50 billion with New Delhi.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the nation will reduce dependence on imports, Ramdas Athawale, a member of Modi’s ministerial panel, went so far as to call for a ban on even restaurants that prepare Chinese food.-Bloomberg

Also read: Breaking TV sets to boycotting Chinese goods — India’s RWAs wage ‘war’ against Xi’s China


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