New scooters are lined up in a yard at an assembly line in a Honda manufacturing plant in Vithalapur, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in June 2016. Photo: Reuters New scooters are lined up in a yard at an assembly line in a Honda manufacturing plant in Vithalapur, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in June 2016. Photo: Reuters
New scooters are lined up in a yard at an assembly line in a Honda manufacturing plant in Vithalapur, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in June 2016. Photo: Reuters
Keji Mao
Opinion

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The View by Keji Mao

For India to become the next manufacturing powerhouse, it must first learn from China – with or without the coronavirus

  • The crippling disruption to Chinese supply lines has inspired talk of India capitalising on Covid-19 to boost its ‘Make in India’ push. But the challenge of setting up a suitable supply network, with the skilled workforce to operate it, is daunting even before India went into a lockdown of its own

New scooters are lined up in a yard at an assembly line in a Honda manufacturing plant in Vithalapur, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in June 2016. Photo: Reuters New scooters are lined up in a yard at an assembly line in a Honda manufacturing plant in Vithalapur, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in June 2016. Photo: Reuters
New scooters are lined up in a yard at an assembly line in a Honda manufacturing plant in Vithalapur, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in June 2016. Photo: Reuters
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Keji Mao

Keji Mao

Keji Mao is a research fellow at the International Cooperation Centre of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China, and a China Forum Expert.