Ban restaurants selling Chinese foods: Ramdas Athawale amid India-China border tension

Ban restaurants selling Chinese foods: Ramdas Athawale amid India-China border tension

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Friday called for a ban on TikTok to impact China economically, saying 15 crore Indians use the Chinese app due to which the neighbouring country makes crores in profit.

"The Ministry is also anxious about the fact that a lot of Chinese imports are crucial to India's manufacturing activity, which is just recovering from the recent lockdown", sources said. His appeal comes in the midst of an ongoing tussle with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan valley of eastern Ladakh.

"My suggestion is that restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food should be shut down".

India has time and again raised concerns over the widening trade deficit with China, which stood at about Dollars 47 billion during April-February 2019-20.

"The Chinese side took premeditated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties". Meanwhile, CAIT on June 10 launched a campaign to boycott Chinese goods with an aim to reduce India's imports of products manufactured in the country by $13 billion by December 2021. "Whether China-India relations can weather the current difficulties will be a major test for the resilience of the two countries' economic ties", the report said.

Notably, China has a trade surplus of about $47 Bn with India in the first 11 months of the financial year 2020, ending March. An Indian official said senior military officers from both sides were holding talks on Thursday to defuse tensions. Athawale was seen chanting "Corona go" in a video at the Gateway of India that went viral on social media.

Earlier in March, Athawale along with Chinese Consul General Tang Guocai and Buddhist monks had gathered at the Gateway of India in Mumbai to show solidarity with China in its the fight against coronavirus that originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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