The fault lies with the pandemic and the border dispute in the Himalayan regional territory of Ladakh, but the result is the same: some Indian companies are boycotting China.
Earlier this month, more than 50 Chinese apps were banned, including popular consumer apps like WeChat, TikTok, and Baidu Maps. India is in a dispute with China, and now many small business owners, and even the government, are working to move away from Made in China.
The government now asks Indian e-commerce companies like Flipkart and Amazon India
India is preparing to be a testing laboratory for what the United States could do if relations with China continue to worsen. This will be especially true if Trump is re-elected, and doubly so if the new SARS coronavirus returns in the winter and hospitals are overrun in key cities, such as New York, once again. The attitude towards China will harden in that case.
In fact, it has already done so in India.
Companies have until August 1 to implement tagging with some items to be shipped further in October, suggesting that this is a trend that is here for the medium term.
The companies reportedly asked for more time to tag the millions of products for sale on their platforms.
The movement can also be seen through the lens of economic protectionism at a time when India’s economy, like everyone else, is recovering from the impacts of blockages and coronavirus mitigation policies. The “boycott of China” movement may not be an official boycott, but it is designed to limit the amount of goods that China sells to India in hopes that India can regain slack.
Companies like Flipkart said the measures should be phased in with the participation of manufacturers and sellers in the process, the Economic times reported today.
Just like here in the US, there is no requirement to show country of origin on unpackaged products. India’s Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade plans to discuss the new legal provisions with dozens of online retailers and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs in the coming days.
“No decision has yet been made,” an anonymous government official told the ET. “It was just a consultation and follow-up of the previous meeting. A deadline will be decided later. “
Online retailers said they preferred a phased approach and will try to get manufacturers to come together to help meet new government labeling requirements, all in an effort to highlight what is in China, hoping to get it some buy something else.