Chinese companies in India dither to join country’s fight against Coronavirus; Make negligible contributions for the sake of optics

    29-May-2020   
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The major Chinese companies including Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei, Oneplus whose annual revenue is approximately INR 60710 crore, have just contributed INR 24 crore (0.04%) for India’s fight against coronavirus pandemic.
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As PM Modi said, “Crisis is also an opportunity to boost Make in India and reduce dependence on other countries”, meaningful and significant changes do happen by chance. Without a high degree of awareness, we may not notice the changes for a long time—or until others comment on them.
 
In this sense, desired changes often appear discontinuous. In complexity theory, these surprises are called “emergence.” This social auditing of Chinese companies contribution in India’s fight against Covid19 is an attempt to impinge Indian citizens to broach the criticality of PM Modi’s statement i.e. reducing dependence on other countries.
 
The major seven Chinese companies (namely: Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei, ZTE, Sany, Oneplus) in India with annual revenue of approximately INR 60710 crore just contributed INR 24 crore (0.04%) for India’s fight against coronavirus pandemic. Please do remember these companies are earning from the Indian market for the past many years. Thus, this behavioural pattern of Chinese companies suggests that for them India is just a market.
 
In terms of contributing to India’s fight against coronavirus pandemic, ZTE India, which has an annual revenue of more than INR 500 crore and has achieved up to $1billion in past, has so far contributed nothing as per the public sources. Vivo India, which has an annual revenue of INR 11154 crores has just distributed 1 lakh masks and several small contributions.
 
Oppo India, which has an annual revenue of INR 12024 crores has just contributed 1 crore. One plus with annual revenue of INR 150 crore has just contributed 1 crore, 7,050 PPE suites and 6,220 medical Goggles. Sany India with annual revenue of INR 1000 crore has contributed by deducting part of Indian staff salary. Although, Sany India claims to provide food supplies to more than 600 families and masks to some hospitals.
 
Huawei India with annual revenue of INR 12884 crore and has achieved up to $1billion several times in past, has contributed merely 7 crores. Xiaomi India with annual revenue of INR 23000 crore has contributed merely 15 crores.
 
This endorses the Swadeshi Jagran Manch’s assessment about China that Indians should boycott Chinese products. Every Indian who thinks China is responsible for this coronavirus catastrophe and are using products of above mentioned Chinese companies are living in dichotomy.
 
“Pari passu to trade deficient reduction, Trust deficient lessening between India and China is also desperately needed. And this is the time to act on reduction of both deficient, Companies can play a vital role. Not everything should be pushed to governments. Both Indian and Chinese governments are doing their parts” said Prasoon Sharma, Pentland-Churchill Scholar, New York University and University College London.