May 29, 2022

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Is It Difficult to Boycott China?

Why can’t we do that? Why is it so difficult to boycott those Chinese products? Why is it hard for us? Is China controlling our Indian market?

There are lots of questions arising. What happened recently in the Galwan valley is just a glimpse of discourteous China. China today is self-dependent because of its Citizens. What are we Indians doing? We just complain about the situations in our country. Why don’t we stand against these odds? Why don’t we fight? Where has that fighting spirit gone? We all have got that inside us. We have got it in hereditary from our brave ancestors and kings.  Why do all of us put our interests over our nation’s interest? Think once. 

China is establishing its power continuously in the world and is making its way to become a superpower. If it will be so, then the results could be unfavourable for India. India too has plenty of potential. Its youth count is one of the largest. But the youth isn’t on the right path to make the country powerful. Why is it so? This is because a large majority of youth is involved in the blame game. Rather than thinking about the favours of the nation, the youth is commonly investing its time in trolling. That is a total threat against innovation. It’s us, the youth which can make India rise. It’s us who can make India even greater.  Think of what if such a large population contributes to our Economy. 


How can China become a threat: Geographical Strategies

  1. The Debt Trap :

China conquered ports and lands of various other countries by the debt trap strategy. Countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar etc. are in China’s debts. China invested billions of dollars in these nations. When these nations default on the debts, China takes advantage of this situation by building naval bases such as String of Pearls in these debt-ridden countries. Thus China strategically surrounded India’s Coastal Lines and can probably take any step against our nation’s interest.

  1. Issues near LAC:

  Since the 1962 Indo-China war, China has always claimed that the Galwan valley comes under its territory. The Chinese military troops always intrude in the Indian territory and try to increase tensions near the LAC area. 

It’s not the fact that India hasn’t taken steps to make the dispute resolved peacefully but China always had illegal moves to conquer the Indian Territory against India’s continuous appeasement. It always seemed like China never wanted peaceful communication. 

The locations like Galwan Valley, Hot springs and Pangong Tso Lake are the areas where Chinese troops invade continuously.

There are a lot of attempts where China seemed to be brutal and hungry for its expansion near Indian Borders. This is really a serious matter of concern since the parts which China attempts to conquer are the strategic locations for India.


How did China Rise?

China yearly spends about US$260 billion on its military. This large amount of budget is due to the “Made in China”, the label that you usually see on your products. Ever thought of how China made it through? Let’s get into some analysis. Let us look back into the era of the 1980s where China was not a much viable country. At that time China was considered more backward than any other backward country of Asia or Africa. The country had only 3% of global output value, with a per capita GDP of $155. Today, the nation has achieved a global value output of more than 25% and a per capita GDP of $8000 which as a result has brought more than 800 million people out of what we call in India as below poverty line. Moreover, more than 50% of AC, mobile phone, shoes, solar cell, cement, coal, steel etc. manufacturing companies belong to China. So in the last 30 years, what has China done to achieve such a laudable result? This can be sorted into ten basic points where China has sidelined us and made huge progress.

  1. Mass production and dumping

Dumping in simple terms occurs when manufacturers export a product to another country at a price below normal. This leads to an increased market share in a foreign market by driving out competition and creating a trade monopoly. This can only happen if the manufacturing company has the capability of mass production. China has so far concentrated on creating large manufacturing industries whereas India at that time had anti-large industry policies.

  1. Competitive pricing with reverse manufacturing

So what China does here is a bit tricky. It observes the rival technologies in countries like the USA and South Korea, conducts a deeper study of them and with its productive and skilled labour and develops its new technologies which are far cheaper than the former and competitive. This procedure prevents them from paying high innovation costs, research and development costs and most crucially IPR costs.

  1. Cost-effective labour

A lot of people have a myth that China has cheap labour. The point is not about having cheap labour, it is about having human resource with great potential and skills. The country lays a great focus on developing skills in technical aspects; thus, increasing productivity in multiples. For instance, let us assume in our country it takes a manufacturer X 1 hour to develop a device. In that time span, a Chinese manufacturer Y would already have made 5 such devices. Thus skill improving automatically eliminates high labour costs. Thankfully, our government has also now initiated various skill development programmes but the benefits of these policies need to be penetrated a bit more into our skilled workers.

  1. Experience and expertise

करत करत अभ्यास ते जड़मति होत सुजान”

China regularly retrospects its work, tries to find flaws no matter how small they are. Through years of retrospecting and practising, they have gained expertise in their manufacturing industry. India being an apprentice in possessing such large manufacturing units does not have automated equipment, capacity utilization, supply chains and quality control as good as that of China.

  1. Stability

Many MNC manufacturers fear their unstable relations with the changing governments, difficulties in dealing with the bureaucracies. They unwantedly have to get their hands dirty to initiate their business. This wastes a lot of their time, money and energy. Whereas they can easily rely on China because of their stable government, a highly stable infrastructure, no plumbing/flooding issues and high skilled human resources.

  1. Industrial network clustering

This is an innovative manufacturing model which is followed in countries like USA and China. The countries emphasise on making a supply chain among cities by making each city a single product focused manufacturer. For example in the USA, Detroit is converted into the motor city, New York into finance hub and Silicon Valley into technological hub.


Where are we lagging?

Since China doesn’t make its innovations, It only borrows Tech, studies it and makes it in its way with cheaper rates. It targets its audience very precisely. If we take into consideration the smartphones, the biggest market for China is India. China has nearly about 73%  market share of mobile phones in India which covers brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme. 

There are certain aspects where Indian Brands lagged.

  1. Introduction of Jio4G –

With the introduction of Jio4G at cheaper rates, the Indian mobile brands like Intex, Micromax and Spice were hit badly. The Indian Brands didn’t have a large range of smartphones that could work on 4G. 70% of smartphones were 3G.

  1. Demonetization-

The demonetization after the Jio4G introduction nearly demised Indian Smartphones. Since people were not comfortable with higher cashless transactions, the companies failed to perform in the markets.

  1. No targeted audience

Indian crowd is interested in good camera phones. The Indian Brands didn’t focus on the good quality camera phones at low costs. The Chinese brands took this as an advantage and companies like Oppo and Vivo introduced their camera phones at affordable costs.

  1. Lack of innovation in hardware and software-

‘Most of the Indians are Businessmen, not Entrepreneurs’. Thus this was a huge problem which lacked innovation in technology. China is ruling the Indian market with its cheaper technologies. Chinese companies like Xiaomi had set their standards very high, delivering a good quality product at a very reasonable price. When our Indian brands were selling hardware of plastic bodies, Xiaomi had delivered low range phones with metallic bodies.


What should we do now?

We can’t boycott China completely since it has deeply entered into our market. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything. We can start by boycotting its technologies like Smartphones, Computers and their accessories. Other countries have also developed those technologies and we do have a wide range of options.

 Below is the link for a list of various other foreign companies which develop smartphones and various other electronic gadgets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_phone_brands_by_country

We can also contribute by boycotting Chinese apps. Below is a list of Chinese apps and their substitutes.

                

Chinese AppAlternatives
Shareit,Xender Jio Switch
Files by Google
Share ALL
CamScannerAdobe Scan
Microsoft lens
Doc Scanner
UC BrowserJio Browser
Firefox
Chrome
Tiktok, Helo,LikeeRoposo
Youtube/Instagram
ZoomSay Namaste
Microsoft Team
GoogleMeet
ClubFactoryFlipkart
TataCliq
Amazon
U-DictionaryEnglish Hindi Dictionary
Parallel SpaceApp Cloner
Clone App
Viva VideoPhoto Video King Master
PowerDirector
Beauty PlusLightX Photo Editor
B612-Beauty & Filter Camera

It is understood that we don’t have reputed and great manufacturing units like what China has. But is it going to continue for ages?  Think about it. Can’t we come out with things that are more efficient than those technologies that China have? We Indians are having precious minds. We are just selling ourselves to foreign nations. We can’t always blame our govt. or foreign policies. If we become smart enough and put our nation’s interest first, we don’t even have to worry much about the government. The target is not only to block Chinese products but on the other hand, we must also support the Indian products too. We must take nations like Japan as an example which has emerged as a powerful nation even after sustaining nuclear bomb attacks and Tsunami. Today, Japanese companies have reached so much perfection that their products are preferred even over the American, Chinese and German products. They could achieve it due to their citizens who worked together with morality, social responsibility, ethics, values, integrity, trust and Punctuality.

The government has to do what we people need if we show our power and unity. We live in a democratic country where the nation could be cherished by the hands of our citizens. We must believe in ourselves. Our engineers are the best one who could do the best “jugaad”. If we all support each other and contribute, no one can stop India from becoming a superpower in a few years. I know we can do it and I am starting my contribution to it. I hope my words could have reached somewhere in your mind. I hope within the next decade we can stand more proud.

Jai Hind. Jai Bharat.

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