One year after India-China standoff, 40% of Indians don’t buy Chinese goods

A recent survey of 18,000 people by an Indian social network (Local Circles) showed that 43 percent of Indians said they have stopped or significantly reduced their purchases of Chinese goods in the year since the military conflict between India and China in the Ladakh region, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

A similar survey last November also showed that 71 percent of Indian consumers had not bought Chinese goods, and many who did said they did so to save money, according to India’s Economic Times.

While India relies on China in many key sectors, including the electronics industry, pharmaceuticals and household appliances, total trade between India and China fell by 5.6 percent in 2020. This year, because of an epidemic outbreak, India has also imported a large amount of medical equipment from China, leading to an increase in China-India trade from January to May this year.