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India’s Growing Economic Reliance on China May be Tough to Break

  • Anti-China rhetoric has intensified in India amid border clash
  • China remains a dominant source of imports for India
Operations at JPNT Port as NEC Corp. Transmitters Point to Strengthening Relationship Between Tokyo and New Delhi
Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s economic ties with China run deep, making the recent escalation in political and trade tensions between the two powerful neighbors all the more worrying for businesses.

Following a border clash in which several soldiers on both sides were killed, calls have been growing in India for a boycott of everything Chinese. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this week banned the use of 59 Chinese apps. Goods purchased from China are being delayed at Indian ports, and authorities are planning to impose higher tariffs and stringent quality controls on shipments.