Products on the boycott list include fast-moving consumer goods, consumer durables, toys, furnishing fabrics, textiles, builder hardware, footwear, apparel and kitchen items. “By calling for the boycott of these Chinese products, the objective is to reduce import of Chinese finished goods by $13 billion or about Rs 1 lakh crore, by December 2021,” the confederation’s Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal told today.
Khandelwal said that the body has raised important matters with the Centre, including projects such as the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System, which is being carried out by a Chinese firm. The confederation also questioned the 1.01% stake of People’s Bank of China in HDFC Bank.The CAIT secretary general claimed that most Indian celebrities continue to endorse Chinese brands even as soldiers die on the Indo-Chinese border. “It is expected from these celebrities to stand with the sentiments of the Indian people who are up in arms against China for its aggression against Indian forces,” he said. “They should be part of a campaign to boycott Chinese products for the cause of the motherland.”On Wednesday, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the border incident in Galwan was a “pre-meditated and planned action” by China, which led to the violence. He added that the border situation would now be handled in a responsible manner and both sides would disengage. But Jaishankar told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the “unprecedented development” will also have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship.