The economic wing of the Sangh Parivar – Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) held a press conference in Nagpur yesterday to urge Indians to boycott Chinese goods. The press conference was held against the back drop of the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan post the Uri attacks and the surgical strike in PoK. SJM stated that China has decided to back Pakistan by blocking India’s bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the United Nations.
The All India Convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch – Kashmiri Lal was present at the press conference. Also present was the National President of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) – BC Bhartia.
Here are the points which were put across by SJM during the press conference:
ONE: Following the tension between India and Pakistan recently, China has aligned with Pakistan openly. Hence boycotting Chinese goods and purchasing Indian products has become our national duty. A strong believer of self-reliant economy SJM has always advocated boycotting China made Products. It’s important to teach a lesson to China, and send a message that – helping Pakistan means losing a substantial share in the Indian market.
TWO: Indians should buy and use Indian goods as trade with China is affecting our country. China is not our friend and by buying Chinese goods we will be giving indirect support to a terrorist Pakistan.
THREE: There may be some compulsions for Government of India to ban the import of Chinese goods, but we Indian consumers are free to boycott Chinese products. It is because of the strong will of Indian consumers that there has been a drop of at least 20% in the sale of Chinese goods, recently.
FOUR: India’s imports are more than its exports to China. According to provisional figures of 2014-15, India’s export to China stood at USD 11.95 billion while imports stood at USD 60.39 billion. The trade deficit between India and China increased about 34% to USD 48.43 billion in 2014-15 from 36.21 billion in previous fiscal year. It is one of the world’s biggest trade deficit between two nations! Also, India’s exports to China have fallen from Rs 86,000 crores in 2012 to Rs 58, 000 crores in 2015-16.
FIVE: The trade between India and China has always been more profitable to China. China has always used unfair practices to export goods to India. ‘Dumping of goods’ (selling the goods at less than the cost of production) in Indian market is the regular practice adopted by China.
SIX: In 2000-01, while joining World Trade Organisation (WTO), China agreed to import 17 types of vegetables and fruits from India. However, it has always created technical hurdles like Phytosanitary measures (relating to the health of plants) while importing the goods from India.
SEVEN: The rise in import of Chinese goods has created many problems in the Indian Economy. It has become very difficult to establish new industries in our country depriving employment to Indian youth. Boycotting Chinese goods may not affect Chinese Economy, but it is sure to boost up Indian industry and generate employment for our youth.