China's ambassador to India has reacted sharply to the Government's anti-dumping investigations of several categories of imports from China.

India initiated anti-dumping investigations into imports of sports shoes, dry batteries, and toys from China at the end of Novemebr. The cases by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) was the first ever dumping investigation of consumer goods.

Mr. Zhou Gang, China's Ambassador to India, said that boycotting Chinese goods will prove detrimental to the interests of both sides. In an interview given to the Econotimes, Zhou pointed out that Indian exports to China have grown 60 per cent during the first nine months of 2000 while Chinese exports to India grew only 32 per cent.

Answering other charges relating to smuggling and underpricing, he said that the Chinese government does not countenance any smuggling and that prices were low because of the productivity and cost-consciousness of China's factories.

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By Navroz Havewala