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India's imports from China drop 20% as border tensions simmer

New Delhi pushes 'self-reliance' with focus on domestic industries

A cutout of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi adorns an electronics store in Jaipur: India's goods imports from China dropped in 2020 amid fraying bilateral ties.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's goods imports from China likely plunged roughly 20% in 2020, official data shows, as a border dispute stoked bilateral tensions and helped spur New Delhi to build up domestic industries.

Purchases from China fell by 19.5% on the year for the first 10 months of the year, according to final data from India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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