Chinese media report has quoted analysts in China claiming although calls for boycotting Chinese products have grown in India over the past weeks, “Indians can hardly resist Chinese products”.
The report in Global Times China also said that the calls for boycotting Chinese products like smartphones and mobile applications are a ploy by nationalists in India to “defame and smear China”.
The analysts quoted in the report have also predicted that the ‘Boycott China’ campaign is most likely to fail as the Chinese products that are loved by Indians are hard to replace.
The Chinese experts have said the boycott move can prove to be a burden for India as “cost-efficient Chinese products are good market choices”.
Calls for boycott of Chinese products have grown in India as the armies of two countries have been in a standoff in the Ladakh region.
Recently dairy giant Amul’s Twitter page was temporarily blocked, allegedly for publishing a doodle against China.
The iconic witty Amul girl wearing a red and white polka-dotted dress could be seen ‘saving her country’ by fighting a dragon, behind which a logo of the Chinese video-sharing mobile application can also be seen.
Amul’s creative take focused on Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s call for ‘aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliance)” and the rising anti-Chinese sentiments.
Twitter blocked the social media page of Amul for a limited period regarding to this creative.
RS Sodhi, Managing Director of the dairy giant had said that they were informed by users about the incident. He also said that they have written to Twitter asking the reason about the same, but have not received a reply yet.
“Amul Butter girl comments on all trending issue, it is like news. She tells you the mood of the nation. She does not even promote the Amul products, she comments on issues around the world and she has been doing it for so many years, we don’t know why would someone file a complaint against her,” Sodhi had said.
Before this, Google had taken down ‘Remove China Apps’ from the Play Store after millions of Indians downloaded the application. The application aimed to remove all the Chinese apps from the phone of Indians.
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Google has removed an app that millions of Indians had downloaded hoping that it would help them boycott Chinese softwares.
These developments come in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries of India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Indian army troops were flown to eastern Ladakh to strengthen security along the disputed Line of Actual Control, amid reports that Chinese soldiers have transgressed 3-5 km into territory claimed by India near the Pangong Lake, sources in the security establishment told The Telegraph.
“Troops are being flown to eastern Ladakh and deployed at the three standoff locations,” an Intelligence Bureau official was quoted as saying.
As field-level talks to lower tensions along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh remain inconclusive, the Indian Army has increased its presence in Uttarakhand.
Chinese President Xi Jinping directed China’s armed forces to strengthen training of troops and to be ready for war amid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic’s visible impact on the world’s most populous country’s national security.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi too held a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs with a focus on bolstering India’s military preparedness to deal with external security challenges, government sources said.
Satellite images show massive construction activity at a high altitude Chinese air base, located just 200 kilometres away from the Pangong Lake, the site of the skirmish between forces of India and China on May 5 and May 6.
Earlier, reports said that the Chinese Army in a recent stand-off with the Indian forces in the Pangosg Tso lake area in Eastern Ladakh sector used sticks, clubs with barbed wires and stones to target Indian security forces’ soldiers there.
According to sources, quoted by News Agency ANI, “the behaviour of the Chinese has been like the Pakistan-backed stone-pelters who use stones and sticks to target Indian security forces in the Kashmir valley.”
“The Chinese troops came armed with sticks, clubs with barbed wires and stones in an area near the Pangong Tso lake during a face-off with Indian troops there,” sources told ANI.
There are close to 10,000 soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Indian territory, reports have claimed.
The report said that dialogue is frozen, with the Chinese rebuffing Indian calls for flag meetings to resolve the situation.
Earlier, reports claimed that the Chinese troops have reportedly “come about three kilometres inside Indian territory” South East of the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.
China and India have been locked in a standoff with each other in eastern Ladakh, where the deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent fist-fight on the evening of May 5 which spilled over to the next day before the two sides agreed to “disengage” following a meeting at the level of local commanders.
In the midst of the escalating tension, Army Chief General MM Naravane paid a quiet visit to the headquarters of 14 Corps in Leh on May 22 and reviewed with the top commanders the overall security scenario in the region including in the disputed areas along the LAC — the de-facto border between India and China.
China has also decided to evacuate its citizens in India.
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