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 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.
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
"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."
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