A man uses a vending machine for Xiaomi smartphones and mobile accessories in Bangalore, India, in 2019. The Chinese company is a market leader in India, amid concerns that Chinese brands are undercutting local companies. Photo: Xinhua
A man uses a vending machine for Xiaomi smartphones and mobile accessories in Bangalore, India, in 2019. The Chinese company is a market leader in India, amid concerns that Chinese brands are undercutting local companies. Photo: Xinhua
Kamala Thiagarajan
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Kamala Thiagarajan

Why blocking cheap Chinese phones would be the wrong call for India

  • Shutting Chinese phones out of the lower segment of the market, in an effort to protect the domestic industry, would hurt not only Chinese companies but also Indian consumers
  • And can a phone truly be called Indian if all its components are made in China and it is only assembled in India?

A man uses a vending machine for Xiaomi smartphones and mobile accessories in Bangalore, India, in 2019. The Chinese company is a market leader in India, amid concerns that Chinese brands are undercutting local companies. Photo: Xinhua
A man uses a vending machine for Xiaomi smartphones and mobile accessories in Bangalore, India, in 2019. The Chinese company is a market leader in India, amid concerns that Chinese brands are undercutting local companies. Photo: Xinhua
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