Barcodes, NIC, Japanese Claims all turns out fake in support of ‘Boycott Chinese Products’

India’s relations with the neighboring nations have never been stable, whether it is China or Pakistan or even Nepal, there are some or the other issues that pile up. China has had tensions regarding some territories in the past. Recently India and China had a standoff in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh which led to deaths of soldiers on both the sides.

Indians have been following the Swadeshi Movement since the time of Independence and a majority want to boycott Chinese products in order to condemn the activities of Chinese Government. We too think it is time for Indian companies to start manufacturing and become self sufficient but are we promoting the idea correctly or is it another spam of Fake News?

Japan’s Claim of being ‘Aatmanirbhar’

This post has been shared by thousands of people on social media without any fact checking. US is one of the largest exporter of Japan. In a report by Federation of American Scientists, in 2018, U.S. exports to Japan totaled $121.1 billion, with $75.7 billion in goods and $45.4 billion in services. Also, not many people know that Japan does not have a standing army of its own and is protected by the US army only. Thus, these claims are baseless.

Barcodes can distinguish between a Chinese and Indian Product

A recent post claims that if you see barcodes starting with number 690 to 600 then it is a Chinese product, on the other hand, barcodes starting with number 890 is the country code of India. The facts demonstrate that prefixes 690 to 699 are alloted to GS1 China, and ‘890’ is relegated to GS1 India, yet that doesn’t mean items with those prefixes are made there. GS1 allocates prefixes to organizations dependent on a lot of nation codes.

For instance, in the event that a Bangladeshi organization imports an item from India and, at that point re-bundles it and sends it to China, the item will have Bangladesh’s scanner tag. All things considered, a purchaser in Chinese would not have the foggiest idea about the first producer of the item. Hence, this claim too turns baseless.

NIC’s order to ban Chinese Apps

National Informatics Centre (NIC) has asked Apple Store and Google Play Store to ban and put restrictions on Chinese Apps turns fake. Indian Government has denied such reports and has not asked the Apple and Google to ban the apps. The list included apps like TikTok, CamScanner, Clash of Kings, etc.

 Why boycotting of Goods is not a good idea?

When an economy grows and moves towards development, it requires raw materials, labor, capital and thus, interdependence comes into force. The best example we can take is the auto industry in the USA. Companies in the USA have always been dependent on rubber from the southeast Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, etc. Rubber is not produced in the USA since their climate does not support it.

Some nations are good at manufacturing products, while other nations are good at providing services, if they do not work in a coordinated manner then both nations cannot grow together. Japan is famous for its heavy machinery goods industry but is dependent on India for information technology.

Interdependence has a role but is not the only factor that leads to cooperation. It does help keep conflict at bay because nations are conscious of their image in front of other nations hence, they will act in a rational manner which in most cases is to cooperate and comply. Interdependence has certainly a lot of positive effects but it comes with minus points too. It harms that newly, infant stage economy of a developing nation; it hampers the industry due to free trade.

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