Oppo cancels Find X2 series online launch event in India

Oppo cancelled the online launch event of its Oppo Find X2 series flagship smartphone in India on Wednesday after a border clash between the two countries that has renewed calls from local Indian trader groups to shun Chinese products, reports Reuters.

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Oppo had earlier announced the live unveiling of its new Find X2 smartphone models would be held on Wednesday, but a YouTube link that had to go live at 4 p.m. local time was not available for viewing.

To launch the phone, the company instead uploaded a 20-minute, pre-recorded video which included a brief highlight of Oppo’s efforts to support Indian authorities in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The Chinese company has a phone-assembly plant in India. Chinese smartphone brands, including Oppo and Xiaomi, account for eight of every 10 smartphones sold in India.

The Confederation of All India Traders, a group representing roughly 70 million brick-and-mortar retailers, said on Wednesday its members will boycott imported Chinese goods despite the loss their businesses will suffer.

“The current government will play hardball… I do not think any new approvals for China proposals will happen in a hurry,” said Abhishek Saxena, co-founder of Indian law firm Phoenix Legal that advises Chinese clients.

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