Union Minister Ramdas Athawale demands ban of sale of Chinese food

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

News: Union minister Ramdas Athawale has demanded a ban on restaurants that are selling Chinese food in India. This demand comes after Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese forces in a violent conflict in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh.

Here are five components of the story:

  • India cautioned China against making “exaggerated and untenable claims” to the Galwan Valley. Twenty Indian troops were killed in the clash Monday night that was the deadliest conflict between the sides in 45 years.
  • Earlier, in a tweet, the Union minister said, “China is a country that betrays. India should boycott all products that are made in China. All restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down.”
  • His comments come at a time when relations between the two countries are at an all-time low in the past several decades and there is an increasing demand from various sections in India to boycott Chinese products.
  • Ever since the news of the violent face-off in which 20 soldiers, including a colonel-rank officer, were killed broke out, anti-China protests have been staged in various parts of the country to demand a boycott of Chinese products.
  • However, several groups and experts have explained that the Chinese economy has itself deeply entrenched in both supply and demand sides of almost every production and service industry in India, and a call for a “boycott of China products” is not as simple or even good for the Indian economy.
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