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Traders’ body calls for boycott of 3,000 Chinese products over ‘continued’ border clashes

Confederation of All India Traders condemned the Chinese ‘military aggression’ at the LAC and decided to step up its nationwide campaign to boycott Chinese goods.

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New Delhi: Cosmetics, bags, toys, furniture, footwear, watches — these are part of a list of 450 categories of products made in China that will be boycotted by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) over “continued border skirmishes”.

Condemning China for its “military aggression” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, which led to the killing of three Indian soldiers Monday night, the CAIT said it has decided to aggressively step up its nationwide campaign to boycott Chinese goods.

The traders’ body Tuesday released a list of over 450 broad categories of commodities, which have over 3,000 Chinese products.

“CAIT strongly condemns China for their military aggression across the LAC in Ladakh wherein three Indian soldiers lost their lives. In the wake of these continued border skirmishes with China, the CAIT has decided to step up its nationwide movement against the boycott of Chinese goods, which was launched on 10 June under its campaign ‘Bhartiya Samaan-Hamara Abhimaan’,” said Praveen Khandelwal, CAIT general secretary.

“Taking the campaign forward, the CAIT today has released a broad list of over 450 broad categories of commodities to boycott Chinese goods and promote the use of Indian goods,” he added.

Apart from the CAIT, RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch has also been stressing on boycotting Chinese products and accepting local ones.

Also read: Why the remote Galwan Valley is a flashpoint between India and China

CAIT to raise issue with Piyush Goyal

Khandelwal said the national governance council of the CAIT has 200 top traders across the country as its members, and apart from that, there are state chapters too. 

“We have 40,000 trade associations and a network of 7 crore traders and we will circulate this message and the list to all of them for action. We are also preparing a proposal for the government to look for manufacturing those items for which we have to rely on China,” Khandelwal told ThePrint.

The CAIT has also decided to raise the issue with Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. 

“We will also urge the government to provide all kinds of assistance to small-scale industries, start-ups and other entrepreneurs of the country to manufacture those items, which are currently not included in the list of products that we are boycotting,” added Khandelwal.

He further said the main aim of this exercise is to reduce import of “Chinese finished goods by $13 billion or about Rs one lakh crore by December 2021”.

Reduce Indian’s dependence on Chinese goods

The list released by CAIT broadly includes everyday-use items, including FMCG products, consumer durables, toys, furnishing fabrics, textiles, builder hardware, footwear, apparel, kitchen items, handbags, cosmetics, electrical and electronics, fashion apparel, Diwali and Holi items, among others.

National president of the CAIT B.C. Bhartia said currently the import by India from China is about Rs 5.25 lakh crore i.e. $70 billion annually.

“In the first phase, the CAIT has selected more than 450 broad categories of items, which include more than 3,000 items that are made indigenously in India also, but succumbing to the temptation of cheap items, these were being imported from China until now,” he said.

Pointing out that manufacturing of the items included in the list does not require any sophisticated technology, he said, India is “well-equipped and, therefore, the goods manufactured in India can be used very easily in place of the Chinese goods, which will reduce India’s dependence on China for these goods”.

Khandelwal, meanwhile, said there are a number of items in India, which are manufactured by foreign companies based in the country, and so far those items have been kept outside the purview of the boycott.

“At present, we are stressing only on goods manufactured in China. We are also stressing on boycotting all types of Chinese applications,” he told ThePrint.

He added items that require “advanced sophisticated technology which India may not possess at present” have not been included in the boycott list. 

“Because unless the alternative of this type of technology is developed in India or manufactured by a friendly nation of India, this would lead to a shortage (of the products) in India for the Indian consumers, which we do not want,” he added.

Also read: After clash with India, PLA says China always had sovereignty over Galwan Valley region


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  1. Mention the list of Chinese items please…. And also suggest me the alternative for the same….

  2. I was not using the Chinese products even before and now I will inspire others too. I will appeal to all businessman and buyer to boycott all sort of chinese itens such as mobile, computers, laptops, electronic goods, toys, applications, games etc

  3. Maybe this will benefit you… instead of just saying don’t use china products.. say use indian products.. like we havent provide an alternative thn how will people act .. like if we are using any type of meal made In china .. for ex. Biscuit.. saying boycott china biscuit.. used to say . Start eating indian biscuits made by patanjali and etc… this will help a lot… I might say.. those people who want to boycott china product but because of lack of that product either don’t know about the alternative.. can’t able to perform… must think… please.. this will work for sure.

  4. I want Chinese product so that I can make a list for purchasing products.
    I request everyone for buycotting
    Chinese products.

  5. There should also be a law to take legal action against businessman who import from china and put their brand and made in India Label to sell it to the masses as the whole idea will be defeated in such cases. Original local manufacturers should be encouraged by giving incentives

  6. i promise i will never use cinese product
    i hate china and i hate chinese product
    i love my country india and i love my soldiers i respect my soldiesr
    i request to my indian family please dont use any chinese product and application
    thannk you
    jai hind

  7. So once the war ends and if china ask for peace, will India continue to buy chinese products?
    Is the ban permanent?
    Is there anything concrete?
    Is it not going to give rise to black market?
    Direct and indirect import both will be banned?
    I am sure no one would like to answer those questions.

  8. I want The targeted list, so that I can choose my product line. Although I am unemployed and unskilled I found a great opportunity for me,my countrymen and my country in this situation. Jai hind….

  9. List of items should published by various modes so as to enable the people to decide – together with Indian substitutes

  10. We want the lists of Chinese products to boycott them absolutely.China is not a human country.It is governed by beast like human.I curse china must be bogged in the vortex of pangs and death in no time. One day the earth will fall its eye drop to remember her dirty side to a blush.

  11. The comments by Sarv/ Sh. Taj, Subikash Roy, Gautam Chatterji and K. Venkat Reddy are excellent. We must boycott all products made by China or PRC must be rejected even if free. China is our enemy. Must treated like an enemy. China is responsible for mass murder of almost 6 lakhs of helpless people around the world. Let us take a pledge to throw away Chinese goods, to hate China, to avoid going to China and to eat Chinese food. Let the world take united action to punish China in all possible ways and manner. Our heart goes for Hong Kong, Taiwan and all small nations and countries like S. Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc. whom this coward bully is terrorizing. India will smash this coward dragon.

  12. Make it mandatory as we have a sign for
    veg / non veg / egg
    same a sign say a skull on all products

  13. Im from the uk. The whole world should start to fight back against china. They bully, lie, pollute the world and kill indangered wildlife now they are becoming more dangerous to freedom. Lets all stand together against such evil

  14. Stop blaming others, gov etc… Everything start from yourselves., Encourage indian products and services as much as possible wherever you find and alternate things… Might be higher price but definitely you get quality one, if you aware of yourselves then definitely it is difficult to anyone to cheat you… Make indian economy stronger and strongest…

  15. Where is the list? And why none of news published show direct link to list , we would like to circulate and boycott

  16. A bunch of advertisements but no list in this article. First ban this site then after we’ll think of Chinese products.

  17. Let us be serious and patriotic. We shouldn’t be greedy for some bucks. Let’s stop buying Chinese products and Make our country great.

  18. Yes, we Indians must boycott China. China has been troubling India for nothing but for its vested interests of borders. It’s already conspiring along with Pakistan and now with Nepal too, to seize our territories. India is a peaceful country and never provokes or troubles any country. Instead India has always acknowledged and followed the principles of peace and integrity and tried to prosper and develop besides the obstructions posed by the country like Pakistan. We always want to live and let live.
    But now is the time to be bold and stand and fight any war (direct or indirect) against China and like countries. And I think if we fight for our pride, we will win. We must try to not buy things ‘made in China’ (may be the minimal, initially), but we must try and try to increase and encourage production in India itself.

  19. All good, but relegious fanatics, who dislike pm, are supporting china assuming they are taking advantage of the situation

    There should be a permanent FIX to them

  20. Traders in India has discovered the quick way to earn money. they stopped manufacturing long back and just put “Made in India” stickers on Chinese items and earn 100-200% profit. First thing First, Indian governmenet should make it mandatory to clearly mention the “Made in” of the product because currently traders in India dont tell you that its Chinese Made. Make it comsulsory for Amazon or Flipkart to tell consumer that origin of the product. its the right of the consumer to know that!

  21. All ecommerce sites must display separately which goods are chinese goods. This is so that we can understand what we are buying from them.

  22. The ingenious indian minds should devise ways to boycott not only chienese goods but also chienese sympathisers in India particularly Indian elites in various political and apolitical spectrum and media.

  23. How many will believe this decision is a question of trillion dollars. Every trader is interested in quick bucks in business. Every one is impressed by cheap rate. Bureaucrats are interested in corruption politicians are interested in earning money. Only Defenc personnel are interested in shedding their lives for the country. Ultimately only one is interested in the integrity of the country at the cost of his life, soldier. Others are interested in money earning at the cost of life of soldier and disintegration of the country. 🙏🙏🙏 to the great Indians.

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