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India accuses China over influx of cheap bicycles from neighbors

New Delhi probes possible breach of trade deal by Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

India's bicycle industry has been hit hard by a surge in imports from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.   © Reuters

LUDHIANA, India -- The Indian government, worried about Chinese-made bicycles and bicycle parts flooding in from neighboring countries, is looking into possible breaches of a regional free trade arrangement.

"Imports from [South Asian] countries are being monitored to assure that the goods coming from the route are not manufactured in China," said Badish Jindal, former vice chairman of India's National Productivity Council. "The process of monitoring has already started," he added, referring to a recent probe by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry into alleged violations of South Asian Free Trade Area rules.

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