PM Modi Quits Weibo, Chinese Platform : India is making China pay for its misadventures
PM Modi Quits Weibo : India’s war with its neighbors is nowhere near over as both India and China have sought to giving befitting responses to each other, and are not leaving without retaliation. On 1st July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi deactivated his account from Chinese equivalent Twitter, Weibo. Prime Minister Modi had joined the platform in the year 2015 when he visited China.
Prime Minister Modi leaving Weibo comes as clear message that India is no longer prepared to be bullied by China. Since 2015, 115 posts were posted by PM Modi on the platform. As the portal has different rules for the VIP accounts, all the posts on the platform ware deleted manually.
PM Modi Quits Weibo : How India is bleeding China Gradually?
Since Galwan clash India is hurting China where it hurts the most. In a quest to be super-power, China had to become the biggest economic superpower of the world. To do so, India was its main market. In fact, India has always been the biggest market for China’s app companies.However, after Galwan clash India started to take steps to make sure it hurts China economically.
Recently India banned 59 Chinese apps, including Tik Tok, WeChat, Shein, UC Browser, Cam Scanner, etc. The move comes as one of the biggest setback for Chinese App Industries and puts a break upon China’s digital ambition. Among the banned apps Tiktok was the most downloaded app in India with over 120 million active users. Operated by Bytedance, the company is expected to be around $6 Billion as reported by Global Times, a Chinese Communist mouthpiece.
Apart from this, India has gradually elevated the economic war against China. Soon after the Galwan clash, where 20 of our brave men lost their lives, DoT had asked BSNL and MTNL not to use Chinese equipment for the up-gradation of 4G network. BSNL and MTNL have now cancelled their tenders for 4G upgrade after the Department of Telecom (DoT) asked the state-run firms not to use Chinese telecom gear.
Stepping up the economic war against China, on 1st July, Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport, highways and MSME, said that the Chinese companies will no longer be allowed to participate in Indian highway projects, including through the joint venture route. He also said China will not be allowed to invest in India’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector and imports from China will be discouraged.
How Boycotting China will Help India?
With the spread of Coronavirus, India has been pushed to lockdown since 25th of March. However, since June 1st, the unlocking phase in India started. During the lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India to be “Atmanirbhar” or self-reliant so that the nation has enough resources to fight against any such pandemics or problems that may arise in future.
The move of boycotting Chinese goods will directly help promoting Indian industries and also many new industries may rise in order to fulfill the void that will be created by boycotting China. Not only this India’s reliance on import is expected to fall with the rise of home grown companies.
USA which is closely monitoring the situation between India and China, believes that India’s move will help it grow economically. India’s move to ban 59 Chinese apps has been applauded by Mike Pompeo, the U.S Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo saw this move as a boost to India’s sovereignty, and as a measure to boost national security.
PM Modi Quits Weibo : Will India Change its stance on One China Policy?
Since very beginning, in order to maintain good relation with China, India has always supported One China Policy. Though the country has supported Tibet and its leaders, India always maintained the policy of no interference in the matters related to Tibet, Hong kong and Taiwan. However, this stand of India is likely expected to change. One can clearly notice India moving closer to Taiwan in this period of Global Pandemic.
In another attempt to get back at china, India for the first time at UN voiced its opinion against the ‘One China’ policy. India took the issue of HongKong at the UN. India, which was silent until now, on the national security law in Hong Kong has now expressed its concern regarding the situation. The reason for such diplomatic offense is a result of the LAC stand off which happened earlier at the Indian-Chinese border. India supported US, UK, Australia and Canada by speaking against China in the whole Hong Kong issue.
PM Modi Quits Weibo, Chinese Platform : How India is making China pay for its misadventures?