India-China trade grows to record $125 billion in 2021 despite tensions in eastern Ladakh

China's exports to India from January to December rose 46.2 percent to $97.52 billion, while India's exports to China grew by 34.2 percent to $28.14 billion

Press Trust of India January 14, 2022 18:48:11 IST
India-China trade grows to record $125 billion in 2021 despite tensions in eastern Ladakh

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Beijing: The India-China bilateral trade touched a record high of over $125 billion in 2021, crossing the $100 billion-mark in a year when the relations hit a new low due to the prolonged standoff by the militaries in eastern Ladakh, while India's trade deficit too mounted to over $69 billion, according to official data released on Friday.

The total trade between China and India in 2021 stood at $125.66 billion, up 43.3 percent from 2020, state-run Global Times reported, quoting data from the General Administration of Customs.

China's exports to India from January to December rose 46.2 percent to $97.52 billion, while India's exports to China grew by 34.2 percent to $28.14 billion.

The trade deficit for India grew to $69.38 billion in 2021.

India has been highlighting its concerns over the growing trade deficit with China for over a decade and calling on Beijing to open its markets for India's IT and pharmaceutical products.

Observers say much of China's exports increase this year to India was attributed to the import of medical products and raw materials for India's burgeoning pharmaceutical industry due to the massive second wave of COVID-19 and recurring bouts of the virus in the country.

The landmark increase of the bilateral trade crossing $100 billion went without much fanfare as the relations remained frosty over the lingering military standoff in eastern Ladakh.

The border standoff between the armies of India and China erupted on 5 May, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas and both sides have gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process in the Gogra area in August 2021 and in the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in February 2021.

The two sides held the 14th round of Corps Commander-level talks on 12 January, 2022, to resolve the standoff in the remaining areas and agreed to hold a new round of talks soon.

Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the mountainous sector.

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