Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) today urged its members as well as the general public to boycott Chinese products, saying the neighbouring country is working “against our national interest”.
In a circular issued to its around 200 members, the industry lobby said using products manufactured by Chinese companies goes against our national interest.
“The GCCI will also pass a resolution to boycott Chinese products during its upcoming executive committee meeting on October 22.
“We have asked our member industrialists and businessmen to do the same. The decision comes as actions of China are against the our national interest,” GCCI Senior Vice-President Shailesh Patwari said here.
Patwari said China has already invested as well as pledged to invest hundreds of crores in Gujarat, which is adversely affecting the local industry, especially in electronics and textile sectors.
“China is also dumping ceramics, plastics, and fireworks, which should not be encouraged,” he said.
GCCI called for boycott of Chinese products, saying that China is “siding with Pakistan against us, whether it is about harbouring terrorist Masood Azhar, or using its veto to stall our bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership.”
“China has been acting against our national interest by constructing dam over the Brahamaputra and repeatedly trying to harm us from across the borders.
“We therefore appeal to you to boycott Chinese products such as ceramic products, tiles, clothes, chemical and pharma products, electronic items, mobiles, lighting products, crackers,” Patwari said.
He said the call has received support from Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, and the chamber will also approach national industry bodies with an appeal to adopt similar resolutions.
“We are also writing to the Prime Minister seeking his support on the issue,” he said.