India Says Ban on Chinese Toys for Public Safety

In January, the Indian government banned the import of Chinese toys into India. In response, China threatened to challenge the ban at the WTO.  Currently, India is arguing that the ban is necessary for public safety:

India’s trade minister said on Friday the government’s decision to ban imports of Chinese toys was taken on the grounds of public safety and the move was compatible with World Trade Organisation rules…

“The question of banning Chinese toys was on the grounds of public health and safety,” Trade Minister Kamal Nath told reporters after a conference.

“It is a matter which is of public concern rather than commercial, and public concern has to be given priority over commercial concern,” he added.

See also past CDT posts on China’s toy industry.


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