A whopping 97 percent Indians say they will boycott major Chinese brands, such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Club Factory, AliExpress, Shein, Tik Tok, and WeChat, and instead support Indian brands, according to a survey.
The survey, conducted by social media firm LocalCircles, comes in the backdrop of the latest India-China standoff on Monday, June 15, which left 20 Indians soldiers dead and several others (76) injured.
The skirmish at the India-China border, which is the worst in nearly five decades, has only increased the clamour to boycott Chinese goods, which had been gathering steam since early May 2020, when Chinese troops began to build up in Ladakh. The anti-China sentiment had started simmering even earlier, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China.
The social media firm, which sampled 32,000 people across 235 districts of India, asked citizens explicitly if they are willing to boycott products and services of Chinese companies such Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Club Factory, AliExpress, Shein, Tik Tok, WeChat etc., effective immediately.
While 58 percent said, “Yes, won’t buy from now,” 39 percent said, “Yes, won’t buy from now but have to use what I have already purchased.” “This means that 97 percent [of] Indians say they will boycott buying major Chinese brands and instead, support Indian brands. Many of these companies have had an important hand in the economic expansion of China in the last decade and India stays a strategically important market for many big Chinese companies,” said LocalCircles Chairman and CEO Sachin Taparia. Major categories of imports from China include smartphones, telecom equipment, televisions, home appliances, auto components, pharma ingredients, etc., he added.