The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global trade and hence also aided soft power shifts. The paper focuses on Indo-China bilateral trade by providing a background of trade trends in the yesteryears between the countries and briefly discusses their trade principles. Further, it attempts to track the trade transactions between India and China during the pandemic. It analyses if India could economically compete with China by not trading with it or if adopting the CHINDIA model would be more beneficial. The paper also highlights India’s dependency on China for medical supplies and suggests that it would be economically best for India if it ventured into a controlled/restricted trade partnership with China. A few suggestions are also put forward on what India could do to enhance its trade dominance.

Read the paper Impact of COVID-19 on India-China Trade by Amulya Anil, Research Intern, CPPR- Centre for Strategic Studies.

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