Listen to Indian analysis “Boycott Made in China”

According to local media reports in India, since September 1, all children’s toys imported into India will be compulsory to implement the country’s “quality control standards.” For commodities that do not meet this standard, the Indian quality inspection department has the right to directly refuse customs clearance. On August 30, Indian Prime Minister Modi stated in a live broadcast that India could become an important global toy production base in the future. Since the Sino-Indian border standoff in May this year, the Indian government has tried various ways to keep Chinese companies and funds away from the Indian market. Indian people have also set off a wave of “boycott made in China” campaigns. In fact, “If there is no’Made in China, Indian society may be shut down immediately”,” said Mustafa, a professor at the University of Hyderabad in India, to a reporter from the Global Times. He pointed to his desk and explained: “The computer I use is made in China, the mouse is made in China, and the cable board is also made in China… If there is no made in China, at least my work will stop first. Come down.”

Mustafa believes that today is an era of globalization. For many ordinary consumers, cost-effectiveness is the primary consideration for shopping. “Chinese products have the dual attributes of good quality and low price.” He said that China has more and more skilled industrial workers, and the average production efficiency of a single product is 1.6 times that of India. Moreover, the concept of “equality between men and women” has been deeply rooted in China. The female labor force participation rate in China is as high as 70%, but this proportion is only 34% in India. In addition, China also has advanced science and technology, a huge industrial cluster and a mature market environment. But he also bluntly said that although China’s manufacturing industry is far ahead of India, the latter also has its advantages, such as the average age of the population is nearly 12 years younger than China (38.4 years old in China, 26.8 years old in India), high English penetration, low labor costs, etc. . In Mustafa’s view, “Made in India” has a chance to be equal to “Made in China”, “but it will take some time.”

Ava Sidi is the owner of an Indian company engaged in the import and trading of flat glass. He said that due to the multiple effects of the new crown epidemic, the domestic economic downturn in India and the “boycott of Chinese goods” movement, this year has had to drastically reduce the amount of imports from China. He said that the quality of products imported from mainland China is better than similar products produced in Southeast Asian countries and Taiwan, and the prices are relatively fair. He told reporters that if India in the future cracks down on products from China in disguise by raising tariffs or quality standards, “it will consider other alternative channels. After all, glass can be made anywhere.”

However, many of the “Made in China” exported to India also have many of their own “one-of-a-kind tricks”, such as raw materials, electronic components, and automobile tires. After the Sino-Indian border confrontation, the Indian government suddenly included car tires in the category of restricted imports. However, in less than three months, many local and foreign automakers in India can no longer sit still. According to the Mint News of India, in order to alleviate the production tensions of Hyundai, Honda, Skoda, Bajaj (Indian local car companies) and other companies, the General Administration of Foreign Trade of India has decided to issue licenses to these companies to import car tires from China and other countries. According to the report, India does not have the production capacity for some car tires imported from China.

According to the United Nations International Commodity Trade Statistics Database, India imported about 68.4 billion U.S. dollars worth of goods from China in 2019, of which electronic equipment, mechanical parts, organic chemicals, plastic products and fertilizers occupy the top five positions. If India really decides to completely “decouple” from China economically and prohibit the import of these Chinese products, it may be difficult to achieve self-sufficiency in a short period of time, and it will be difficult to quickly find an alternative source with a price-performance ratio comparable to that of “Made in China”.

Indian reporter Thakur told the Global Times reporter that looking around, from mobile phones to hair dryers, almost everything in life is more or less related to “Made in China”. “Some of them may not be directly imported from China. But you will always find that at least a few parts come from China.” She said that in addition to the visible and tangible things such as mobile phones, computers, toys and light bulbs, India’s largest digital payment platform Paytm, well-known online shopping website BigBasket, food delivery app Zomato, online car-hailing platform Ola, and electronic The business website Flipkart and the education start-up Byjus all have Chinese investment backgrounds. “If they really’boycott Made in China, then these so-called local Indian companies will also boycott them together.”