After fighting among Indian and Chinese soldiers at the countries' Himalayan border has left 20 Indian soldiers dead, calls for the boycott of Chinese companies and Chinese-made wares have circulated on Indian social media. But as for many countries around the world, a boycott at the world's manufacturing powerhouse is easier said than done.
Trade between China and India is still quite the lopsided affair. China is the bigger exporter by far, delivering $75.5 billion worth of goods to India in 2018. Almost half of that value was generated by electronics and other machinery, namely phones, computers and other technology based on semiconductors.
India, on the other hand, shipped goods worth approximately $16.6 billion to China that year. The biggest Indian exports to China were less lucrative raw materials like oil and metals as well as chemical products and textiles.