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If India starts a trade war with China, there will be consequences: Chinese state media

PTI Beijing | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on August 14, 2017

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A trade war seems to be looming between India and China after New Delhi imposed anti-dumping duties on 93 Chinese products amidst a military standoff in Doklam area, two state media reports here said today.

An article in The Global Times, part of the ruling Communist Party’s publication group, urged Chinese firms to “reconsider the risks” of investing in India and warned New Delhi to be “prepared for the possible consequences for its ill-considered action”.

The article said that China “could easily retaliate” with restrictions on Indian products, but added that it “doesn’t make much economic sense” for the country.

It cited figures from the Indian embassy in China to show that Indian exports fell by 12.3 per cent year–on–year to USD 11.75 billion while India’s imports from China rose by 2 per cent to USD 59 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of USD 47 billion.

According to the Indian Commerce Ministry, the trade deficit with China last year mounted to over USD 52 billion when the bilateral trade stood at USD 70 billion.

“A trade war between China and India seems to be looming after the latter moved last Wednesday to impose anti-dumping duties on 93 products from China,” the report said. It added, “If India really starts a trade war with China, of course China’s economic interests will be hurt, but there will also be consequences for India”.

The report on trade comes as India and China have been locked in a tense military stand-off in Doklam in the Sikkim sector.

India has protested the construction of a road by the Chinese military in the area claimed by its ally Bhutan, fearing it would allow Beijing to cut off India’s access to its northeastern states.

The Global Times report warned that “given the tense bilateral trade ties, China may consider temporarily suspending investment or economic cooperation projects in India to ensure the security of these investments.”

Another article in the China Daily said boycotting Chinese goods would harm India.

Referring to the calls of boycott of Chinese products, it said the ongoing stand-off in Doklam seems to have spilled over into bilateral exchanges. “Suffice to say, calling for the boycotting of Chinese products and those related to Chinese investors is not just a fool’s errand but also risks backfiring,” it said.

“It is the Indian economy that will suffer because of the boycott,” The article read. Any attempt to keep Chinese cellphone companies at bay or shut down Chinese-invested factories will hurt the Indian economy and cost Indian jobs, it said.

Published on August 14, 2017
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