President Donald Trump has retaliated against a policy that has prevented US carriers from offering service between the US and China. Trump announced the suspension of all flights from Chinese airlines from 16 June. Impressed by the rather daring move, netizens in India – many of whom have joined in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice by going vocal for local – are elated with Washington’s decision.
#ChinaWingsClipped started trending on social networking platforms in India, with hilarious memes as well as blunt words; netizens are suggesting that the Indian government implement similar measures in a bid to block China from minting profits from trade and business with India.
#ChinaWingsClipped— Gaurav Krishna (@GauravK_NR) June 4, 2020
Tit for Tat, I was saying this continuously. First time I talked about this theory when I was in graduation, roughly 16 years back :) and now our government is doing exactly the same 😊
Note - Unfortunately my thoughts are not documented 😈 pic.twitter.com/aolpkNmSn7
In an attempt to pacify the American anger, China's civil aviation regulator on Thursday, issued a notification saying that US carriers can resume limited services to the country. The action by the US Transport Department comes after the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) formulated a policy allowing only those carriers which had been operating till mid-March. After the new Chinese rule came into play, Delta Airlines and United Airlines could not operate to China as they had suspended all China flights by then against the backdrop of rising cases of COVID-19.
However, with #ChinaWingsClipped trending on Twitter, it seems a large number of Indians are taking an interest due to ongoing border stand-off in the Western Himalayas. For the last few weeks, a large section of Indian society has been urging to the government to curb Chinese imports and investment in retaliation following the border stand-off.
Over the weekend, several Indian public figures including famed Ladakh region based educator Sonam Wangchuk along with Bollywood celebs like Milind Soman and Arshad Warsi joined the #BoycottMadeInChina – that includes an array of products ranging from smartphones to light bulbs.
However, the Indian government is dealing the border issue and trade relations with China separately.
Chinese tech brands like short video making app TikTok and smartphone maker Xiaomi have recently been found to have been tracing user location and search histories via an illegal SIM-tagging system and tracing incognito browsing details respectively – which further triggered anti-China sentiments in India.
Earlier this week, China also warned India to be rational and careful before becoming a “US Pawn” and siding against China.
“If in a new cold war, India leans towards the US or becomes a US pawn attacking China, the economic and trade ties between the two Asian neighbours will suffer a devastating blow. And it would be too much for the Indian economy to take such a hit at its current stage,” The Global Times had reported Chinese ministry officials as saying.