Article: From bloody border clash to trade war between China & India

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India
is reportedly putting some containers from China on hold during clearance for
all-round inspection and scrutiny amid the recent stand-off between the two
nations, following a fatal border clash, China’s Global Times said Thursday.

It is a stupid choice which
will backfire and hurt global industrial chains, the Global Times quoted a
Chinese expert as saying.

Boycott campaigns of some
Indian residents may still be understandable to express anger, while it is a
foolish move for the country to play such tricks to obstruct cross-border
logistics, as they will hinder the operations of India-based firms and their
investment environment, Long Xingchun, the director of the Center for Indian
Studies at China West Normal University, told the Global Times on Thursday.

Reuters reported that
Apple, Dell and Cisco products were also in the containers and have been held
up in ports, as well as pharmaceutical consignments, which rely heavily on
Chinese supplies.

Chinese firms are only part of global value chains. The containers facing
prolonged scrutiny broke an industrial chain which may include Japanese or US
suppliers in the upstream and India-based manufacturers in the downstream, Long
said.

For instance, Apple’s
factory in India depends on components and parts from China, Long noted.

India-based US firms have
already felt the impact of the availability of components usually shipped from
their facilities in China, and have reached out to the Indian government for
help, Indian Express reported on Thursday.

“Boycott China”

Tellingly, the Global Times
wrote on Wednesday: “Unfortunately, Indian
authorities have instigated radical Indians’ “boycott China” campaign
this time around. The Indian Department of Telecommunications has asked
state-owned operators to keep Chinese vendors out of their tenders, and is
considering advising private companies not to use China-made equipment in their
networks. India’s Maharashtra state has halted three investment proposals from
Chinese companies.”

“Despite the fact that Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi admitted that “nobody has intruded into our border,”
the radical Indian nationalism has piled huge pressure on the country’s
authorities, which later carried out uncooperative measures toward China in
order to appease public opinion.

“Nationalism has had a long history in India.
After Indian troops, which tried to invade Chinese territory along the border
in 1962, were defeated by China in a war, India has been shifting its
responsibility to China, accusing the latter of provocation. Soon afterward,
anti-China propaganda crept into Indian society.

“This time, the border clash was also
triggered by provocation from the Indian side, yet Indian society, including
many Indian media outlets, again put the entirety of the blame on China and set
the public’s nationalistic sentiment ablaze. As a result, such anti-China
sentiment has raised anger and antipathy among the Chinese people, and has shaped
an unhealthy circle of hostility between the publics of both sides, which,
frankly speaking, will be hard to turn around.”

Destroyed Chinese
post back in Galwan Valley

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