‘Boycott Chinese products or Boycott Made in China or avoid using Chinese products, stop purchasing Chinese goods’ is a slogan used by Internet campaigns that state a boycott of Chinese-made products. Majorly mentioned reasons for the boycott are the low-quality products, territorial clashes involving China, and the latest reason relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The strain of coronavirus which originated from China and spread across the world, generating a crisis that led to widespread condemnation of the Chinese government, because of its actions like that of hiding real scenario including purposely destroying data about the initial coronavirus outbreak, and not containing it on time. And, as per a few sources, the virus has killed 239 thousand people and infected more than 3.3 million worldwide which in turn is the result of their irresponsibility. Countries such as the Philippines, India, and Vietnam have called for the boycott of Chinese goods, as they are even having separatist movements in China itself. A complete boycott of Chinese products is tedious to achieve since the country is answerable for the assembly of a huge number of goods that are majorly sold and used around the world.
Categories of Chinese products in day-to-day life
Apart from the above-mentioned goods some of the categories in which we are using Chinese products daily are listed down:
- Electric items, comprising decoration items such as LED lights, LED strips, etc.
- Candles and wax-filled lamps (Diya).
- All clothing items and accessories.
- All electronic items, including iPhone 7, other mobile phones, pen drives, mobile apps, computer parts, and peripherals.
- All machinery and equipment.
- All food items, pre-packed desserts, etc.
- Handbags, fake watches, luggage of global brand names.
- Images and idols of various deities.
- Toys, batteries, tires.
Many of us are now using Chinese-made cell phones with inbuilt apps that accumulate crucial data associated with contacts, your personal bank account information, and even the security PIN. These data are stored on Chinese servers. Each one of us must be aware that while using these Chinese devices such as cell phones and laptops are passing on data associated with our personal lives and other crucial information.
Once we start boycotting Chinese products and only purchase Indian-made goods, the Chinese will get to know the strength of the Indian economy. China will then strive to develop flashpoints on the border, but we must stress on self-reliance (Atma-nirbharta).
Regularly used Chinese mobile apps include the following:
- Shareit, Xender
- UC Browser
- Tiktok, Hello, Likee
- Club Factory
- U dictionary
- Parallel Space
- VivaVideo for video editors
- Beauty Plus for Image edit or filters
Alternatives for these Chinese apps
Instead of using these Chinese apps, there are many alternative Indian mobile apps which are listed below:
- Jio switch
- Jio browser
- Say Namaste
- English Hindi dictionary
- Photo Video King Master
- LightX photo editor
- Share ALL
- Doc Scanner
The other alternative apps from other countries could be used instead of Chinese apps such as
- Adobe Scan
- Clone App-App cloner and dual app
- B612-Beauty and filter camera
- Microsoft lens
- App cloner
- Files by Google
- Microsoft team
- YouTube or Insta
If you want to know whether your mobile has any of the above Chinese apps then simply download the “Remove China App” from the google play store which scans your phone for pre-installed apps and notifies you of the apps that have a Chinese origin in your mobile and uninstall them from handsets instantaneously after seeking permission from you. So, lastly, it is the user’s interest if they want to uninstall apps that have their origin from China, though we will still suggest you to go through the basic uninstallation process rather than relying completely on any third-party app to be safer.
Why Indians sought to boycott Chinese products?
The corona pandemic has affected the entire globe incredibly, impacting the Indian economy to a large extent. Even before India had issues and was frustrated with China indirectly supporting Pakistan and recently after the Chinese and Indian troops had a face-off at LAC. Both countries have sent soldiers to the border and aggression was high. Hence, it was felt that Indians must boycott everything from Chinese origin to take revenge for rising tensions between India and China. The immediate call for the consumers boycott all Chinese products, is to damage the Chinese economy, particularly while it is reeling. This has gained mass support from not only the common people but also endorsed by influential politicians and others form the upper class in this society.
Such a change is not practically easy in order to have the expected result. If we consider the feasibility option, as it is well known that India is the largest importer of Chinese products, and the trade deficit of India with China is one of the largest between the two significant countries. India imports almost seven times more from China which is more than the goods which are exported to China. The variety of goods that are imported from China are electronic products, plastic items, mobile phones, industrial goods, solar cells, vehicles, essential pharmaceutical products such as antibiotics, and even drugs like tuberculosis and leprosy drugs, etc.
Is it possible to boycott Chinese goods entirely?
Even if we desire to, it is nearly impossible to avoid China out of our daily lifestyle. There is a minute portion of China in every product we consume. Ironically, the laptops and mobile mobiles that we use to share any message to boycott Chinese goods are produced in China itself. The present-day production process is multifaceted and interconnected. Every good that we use has different constituents from different countries. For instance, if you consider smartphones, it contains few rare earth elements from China, uses the manpower and space from China, has funding and capital from either from the US or any European countries, with the entrepreneurship from Japan or Korea, and lastly, might use software made from India. Thus, this is difficult to detach any country and boycott its products entirely right now it can be done gradually by establishing a few manufacturing units in India and other developing countries.
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