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A border spat is pushing India and China closer to a trade war

New Delhi cites security concerns as troops square off on disputed Doklam Plateau

A container ship sits docked in the background while a fisherman prepares to cast his net in the southern Indian port city of Kochi.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI Asia's two nuclear-armed giants, India and China, have been engaged in a tense border standoff for the past two months, raising concerns that their close economic and trade ties could take a hit.

The border issue has given rise to calls in India for a boycott on Chinese products. Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an organization promoting indigenous goods, has stepped up action against Chinese products through petitions and meetings with traders, claiming it has secured the support of millions of Indians. The organization is affiliated with the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of the country's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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