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71% Indians consciously did not buy Chinese products this festive season, survey finds

According to a survey by LocalCircles, only 29 per cent respondents bought Chinese products this year, which is a 19% decline compared to the purchases made last year.

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New Delhi: Several Indians consciously did not buy Chinese products this festive season, a survey by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, has found.

According to the survey published Tuesday, 71 per cent people from a total of 14,000 respondents revealed that they chose not to buy Chinese products this year during the festival season. The survey was carried out in 204 districts across India between 10-15 November.

Only 29 per cent of the respondents said they bought “Made in China” products this year, despite efforts by companies to curb anti-China sentiments with tactics like switching the “Made in China” label on their products to “Made in PRC” to make it harder for a customer to identify the country of origin.

When a similar question was asked in November 2019, 48 per cent of respondents had said they bought Chinese-made products.

Thus, there is a 19 per cent decline in the purchase of Chinese products this year.

Also read: India will give fierce reply if tested, Modi’s message to China in Diwali speech

66% people feel Chinese products offer high value for money

The latest survey also asked the respondents that bought Chinese products the reasons behind their purchases.

About 66 per cent said they did so because they felt the products offered higher value for money, 13 per cent said it was the “uniqueness” of the products and 25 per cent said they were unsure.

“While on an overall basis, the Indian consumer did spend less on Chinese products this year, the key takeaway for Government of India and MSMEs is to make manufacturing more competitive in India and improve scale,” the survey noted

“If the high quality products that are Made in India can be produced at scale and cost of capital for Indian MSME is reduced through Government support, products Made in India will definitely find preference amongst Indian consumers and even other retail markets around the world,” it added.

Out of the 14,000 responses received in the survey, 66 per cent of respondents were men while 34 per cent were women. Also, 48 per cent were from tier 1 cities, 30 per cent from tier 2 cities and 22 per cent were from tier 3, 4 cities and rural districts.

Rise in anti-China sentiment in india

Anti-China sentiment has been growing in the country since Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed in the Galwan Valley along the Line of Actual Control in June. Since then, the two countries have been involved in a long border stand-off.

Last week, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan prohibited the sale of crackers imported from China.

In September, the Indian government had also banned 177 Chinese apps citing security risks.

Also read: India, China standoff in Ladakh expected to be peacefully sorted out soon, says ITBP chief


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  1. I am really surprised 29% bought Chinese made items, I would have thought there will be total boycott of these Chinese items. .I am also a bit surprised The Print is publishing a Pro India article, how come?????

  2. Yes Indians are upset for the hardship China has caused. China is creator of Covid and on one hand benefir from the export of innumerable products and raw material to India. Shamelessly they create near war at our borders what do they think of us. They invade our territory. Yes India cannot win a war with China, but China will know what is destruction to them if therecis war yes India will suffer many losses, but China has more to loose. Its infrastructure, their wonderful bridges including silk road, bridges and industry.

  3. Boycott of Chinese products is in our national interest. Just Boycott of Chinese items during festival season is not enough. Boycott Chinese cars like MG Hector and mobile phones. Shunning of High value products will be real test of our national resolve.

    • Opposing a Govt. does not make someone ant-national. Shekhar Gupta is my favourite journalist with a truly unbiased journalism.

  4. Come on India we can do it .Vocal for local .Dare do n we will win .Boycott Chinese goods when ever you can .

  5. When the government banned Chinese apps our luddite liberals went to town making sarcastic remarks at the decision. The Print tried to spin it into a human interest story, giving examples of those who incomes were affected with the banning of Tic Toc. But again and again the public with their votes and their pockets have snubbed the Liberals. If only the liberals realised the lack of their importance.

  6. It’s a good news. Govt of India and Industrialists and traders should make efforts to improve utility of Indian product and lower the cost. But all concerned including journalists should propogate and encourage people to buy make in India even at some cost.
    It is the duty of every citizen of India.

  7. I don’t buy Chinese products. Two years back when I renovated my bathroom all fittings were Indian though expensive than Chinese. I brought my golf set but ensured that it was Made in China. The set purchased by me was made in Vietnam. I have never purchased Mobile phone made in China. My present mobile is Note 9 Made in India. We must boycott Chinese even if we have to suffer. Indian manufacturing sector requires a boost.

  8. Its shame govt give importance to china than protecting its people, here ppl are dieing in corona but govt is hiding its infection and its count, each and every doctor is feeling very bad about it.

    Anotgher big shame us Journalism, media is dead and acting like puppet fearing govt may shout down them.

    Both Democrasy & Journalism failed @ India.

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