Our Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new ‘vocal for local’ campaign started when he announced it during his speech while addressing the nation about Lockdown 4.0. The ‘vocal for local’ campaign started with an aim to make India self-reliant. So, it has implicitly set up a country narrative to Boycott China services and goods and with that #BoycottChina, #BoycottChineseProducts, #BoycottChineseApps hashtags are trending in India.
Few hashtags such as #TikTokBan and #IndiansAgainstTikTok are also trending as TikTok is one of the most popular Chinese App in India. The main reason for the TikTok ban trend was due to YouTube vs TikTok fight and CarryMinati roast video.
Also, recent clashes with Chinese forces in Ladakh in which twenty Indian soldiers were killed, due to this there is an increase in boycott campaigns among Indians.
So you might be here to know about how to boycott china by boycotting Chinese apps or smartphones. But before knowing that understand that completely boycotting China is not possible as of now.
Such a step is not technically possible to achieve the desired result nor should it be in our national interest to do so. Let’s consider the angle of feasibility below:
India is the largest importer of Chinese goods and services and India’s trade deficit with China is among the largest among two major trading partners. India imports from China nearly seven times more than it exports to that region. The number of items we import from China is huge: consumer durables such as electrical devices, mobile phones, plastic objects, agricultural goods, cars, solar cells, important medicinal drugs, including tuberculosis and leprosy medications, antibiotics, and many others.
Chinese smartphone brands currently power over $8 billion of India’s smartphone market by 51 percent. China exported well over 60 percent of electronic products and components in 2018-19.
Even if we wanted to, keeping China out of our daily lives is practically impossible. In every product that we consume there is a little bit of China. Ironically, China itself manufactures the laptops and smartphones we use to forward the message to boycott Chinese products. The process of modern-day manufacturing is complex and interconnected.
Every good we use has various components coming from different countries. Take the smartphones: it uses China’s labour and land, will have investment and resources from the US or a European country, will have innovation from Japan or Korea, and could end up using apps made in India. Therefore, every nation can’t be segregated and its goods boycotted.
Also, it is important to know that such consumer boycott movements are hardly new or unique. It’s been tried out and has failed in the world many times before. In the early 1930s, China itself attempted to boycott all Japanese products in protest against Japanese colonization. In 2003, the U.S. consumer forums tried to boycott French goods to protest France’s refusal to send troops to Iraq post 9/11. Jamaicans boycotted Trinidad and Tobago goods, Ghanaians boycotted European goods and so forth. The list continues.
The only similar thing in all these various incidents is that their aim was not successful in either of the boycotts. Within a few weeks, all failed and dissipated and the explanation for that is always simple: the economy.
Any Feasible Way to Boycott Chinese Products:
The only feasible way to boycott Chinese products is to implement an import-substitution method and produce alternatives of all products which is far from ideal (But it is not impossible). If India wished to create alternatives of all the products that we are currently importing from China, this will entail a substantial reallocation of our resources from efficient to inefficient uses. The range of products available to the consumer as a choice would immediately decrease, the quality of the products would worsen and the price levels would be higher.
Every citizen of India has their own choice. They can make an appeal on what they prefer to buy or not. For example, If Chinese made plastic diyas during Diwali and they are not to your liking, just don’t buy them. So, by this as an individual, you can contribute to India by avoiding Chinese products.
Therefore the bottom line is that Indian companies need to work harder before they can compete with the Chinese. The government also needs to step in by providing improved services and lowering the cost at which Indian companies are issued loans. India can boycott Chinese products only when the gap between India and China is narrowed. If such a boycott is done now, Indian interests will be hurt even more.
So, enough knowledge about Boycott China. Now, below are the list of Chinese Smartphones brands and Chinese apps which you can boycott to at least contribute somewhat to our nation.
List of Chinese Funded Indian Companies:
India’s biggest consumer power and massive demand draw investors from all over the world. Among all, Chinese investors and technology entrepreneurs include a stupendous investment in India’s start-up specializing in areas such as mobile gaming, education, healthcare, financial technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) in India. Here is the list of Chinese Funded Companies in India (Updated: June 30, 2020):
Indian Companies funded by Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Chinese Multinational conglomerate company):
- MX Player
- Pocket FM
Indian Companies funded by Alibaba (Chinese E-commerce company):
- Paytm Mall
Indian Companies funded by Xiaomi (Chinese Consumer electronics company):
- Oye! Rickshaw
- City Mall
- Marsplay Internet
Other Indian Companies funded by Chinese Companies:
- Oyo — Funded by Didi Chuying (Didi Kuaidi) (Chinese transportation company).
- MyDermacy — Funded by Cyber carrier (Chinese venture capital).
- Delhivery — Funded by Fosun (Chinese Conglomerate company).
List of All Chinese Smartphone Brands and Their Availability in India:
|Chinese Smartphone Brands||Sub-brand of||Availability in India|
|10.Or||manufactured by Huaqin Telecom Technology Co. Ltd.||Yes|
|Coolpad||subsidiary of LeEco||Yes|
|Honor||sub-brand of Huawei||Yes|
|Motorola||sub-brand of Lenovo||Yes|
|OnePlus||subsidiary of BBK||Yes|
|Oppo||subsidiary of BBK||Yes|
|Redmi/Mi||sub-brand of Xiaomi||Yes|
|Technology Happy Life||No|
|Vivo||subsidiary of BBK||Yes|
|ZUK Mobile||subsidiary of Lenovo||Yes|
List of Alternative Smartphone Brands in India:Note — It is important to know that the below-mentioned companies do include some internal parts from China like the battery.
|Alternate Smartphone Brands||Country|
List of Chinese Apps:
On June 29, the Government of India officially banned 59 Chinese Apps which includes most popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, Shein, ShareIt and many more. We have also listed alternatives to all 59 banned Chinese apps.
|360 Mobile Assistant|
|360 Mobile Guard|
|Arena of Valor|
|Art of Conquest|
|Baidu Mobile Assistant|
|Baidu Mobile Guard|
|Battle of Empires|
|CacheClear DU apps studio|
|CCB Mobile Bank|
|Cheetah Clean Master|
|Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC|
|Clash of Kings|
|Clash of Kings: The West|
|Clash of Queens|
|DU Battery Saver|
|ES File Explorer|
|Game of Sultan|
|Game of Sultans|
|iQiyi PPS Player|
|Isoland : Ashes of Time|
|Keke Software Store|
|Kingsoft Battery Doctor|
|Kingsoft Mobile Security|
|Kingsoft WPS Office|
|Knives Out-No rules, just fight!|
|Marvel Super War|
|Mi Video call|
|Mobile Discount 800|
|Mobile Legends: Bang Bang|
|Mr Pumpkin : Walls of Kowloon|
|PUBG Mobile Lite|
|QQ Security Centre|
|QQ Synchronization Assistant|
|Rise of Kingdom: Lost crusade|
|Stick Fight: The Game Mobile|
|Tap Tap Dash|
|Tencent Album Manager|
|Tencent App Store|
|Tencent Battery Manager|
|Tencent Mobile Manager|
|Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab)|
|VivaVideo- QU Video Inc|
|Zombie World SLG D|
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