As trade with China grows despite tensions, Modi’s dream of ‘self-sufficient India’ fades

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Calls in New Delhi to boycott Chinese imports, a campaign to boost India’s self-sufficiency in manufacturing, a global pandemic and tensions along a disputed border. With all of this going on, it is to be expected that trade between India and China has been affected. But you’d be wrong: reversing a trend in which trade between the two countries has declined every year since 2017, the latest figures from the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry show that two-way trade grew in the 2020-2021 financial year in more …