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NEW DELHI: India is working on a plan to reduce its dependence on its supply chains in China, according to a report in The Economic Times (ET). The NITI Aayog is working on a strategy to address the trade deficit with China and suggest measures to secure supply chains from geopolitical risks.
A senior Government official was quoted as saying that the Aayog will bolster its policy recommendations on tariff and non-tariff barriers. The NITI Aayog will also bring a consultancy firm to review India-China trade as part of the exercise.
The official said that supply diversification was the need of the hour as the dependence on Indian supply chains was highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical escalations. He added that focused intervention was needed to secure supply chains from disruptions.
A trade study will discern product categories where India has a comparative advantage and a sizable market in China to scale up exports to that country. The study will also look at ways to de-risk India’s supply chains. The consultancy will also analyse the type and quantum of foreign investment needed to plug technology gaps.