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New Delhi: Sajjan Jindal, the chairman and managing director of JSW Group, took to Twitter Monday to call out his “friends and co-industrialists” who are “upset” about their businesses with China getting impacted following the Galwan Valley clashes last month. 

One of India’s largest conglomerates that is valued at $12 billion, JSW spearheads initiatives in many sectors such as steel, energy, cement, paints, sports. 

In his tweet, Jindal said the reason why these businesses were getting affected was due to the “complacency in blindly accepting cheaper imports from China rather than developing our domestic vendors”. 

Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in his tweet thread, Jindal also said businesspersons cannot keep making money by “buying cheaper Chinese raw materials” while “our soldiers are getting killed at the LAC” by China.

He added: “We have to support our armed forces & Govt and prove that we stand with them in this fight against Chinese (sic).”

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Calling the situation an opportunity to come together and push for a stronger “#AtmaNirbhar” India, he said it was time to support domestic producers and show loyalty to homegrown products. 


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Face-off with China

India and China had a violent face-off at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on 15 June, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers. It was the first time in 45 years that a soldier had died in violence along the LAC.  

This soon led to the Narendra Modi government to ban ing 59 Chinese apps, including the popular TikTok, Weibo and WeChat. Following the clashes, there has also been a demand to boycott Chinese goods.

Reports have emerged that the central government was contemplating raising trade barriers on close to 300 Chinese products too.

In his speeches earlier, PM Modi had pushed for an “atmanirbhar” — self-reliant — India to emerge stronger from the coronavirus pandemic, and pushed for an increase in domestic production.  


Also read: Modi’s chest-thumping ministers, and not Congress, are an irritant in dealing with China


 

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  1. This is Just Propaganda… He will not take a single step to reduce IMPORTS from CHINA nor he will he develop it in INDIA.. Now Vietnam/ Indonesia/ Srilanka will become a TRANSIT hub for his Imports from CHINA….
    This is just to show the Government that he is with them to get additional license for IMPORTS…

  2. Appreciated if Sajjan Jindal tell us why Indian Cos are not able to compete with Chinese despite being supported by
    high import tariff for a long time and also iron ore is available in Plenty .
    How come , who buy ore from India can supply good steel at low price …
    Don’t be greedy and hide behind nationalism .
    Indian consumer cannot afford paying high price for you inefficiency .
    Do Pakistan steel industries has same complaints !

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