India-China Clash: Trivialising Retaliation & Tripping Up Trade

by Darain Shahidi Jun 18, 2020 • 09:38 PM Views 868

Anti-China sentiment in India is at a high after the killing of 20 Indian Army men in a brutal clash with PLA soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. Riding on this wave is some misplaced chauvinism as well. For example, a Union Minister's call to boycott restaurants serving 'Chinese food' in the country which, if nothing else, will hit already struggling Indian caterers, not China. Beyond such morsel moves are bigger calls for scrapping of huge contracts with China and Chinese imports, which India is hugely dependent on. Darain Shahidi analyses the larger implications of the Indo-China battleground playing out in trade at the time of a pandemic and economic slowdown