With rising chorus for boycott of Chinese goods, the discord with China isn’t limited to one part of the world.
From the Indian perspective, the Chinese intruded deep into the Indian side of the LAC and have now receded to some extent, which still leaves quite a bit of Indian territory beneath their feet. The position would get frozen and become the new LAC, if total disengagement is not immediately followed by a complete reversion to status quo ante. But to get China to agree to that would be far more difficult for India than bringing about a de-escalation.
India’s ban of 56 Chinese apps heralds a new normal in Sino-Indian relations, one that will no longer be decoupling trade and politics. However, much needs to be done before the country can adequately firewall itself from the prying eyes of the Dragon in the fraught realm of cyberspace.
Even if the call to boycott Chinese products and services is voluntary, it is utterly impractical, extremely emotional, completely uneconomical, and deeply affects India’s national interest.
Industrial lobbies are already working to convince the Indian government to start coaxing companies willing to move out of China.
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