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Sri Lankan student goes viral for buying Chinese Television

By Tan Yuan, Huang Qingxiao (People's Daily Online)    17:09, January 25, 2018

A Sri Lankan student studying in China took home a TV produced by Chinese tech firm Xiaomi on Jan. 21. The photo of him and the TV at the airport went viral after it was posted on Chinese social media, Global Times Online reported.

It was a perfect reflection of the rise of Chinese-made products, said the comments below the post.

The student, who goes by the Chinese name Xu Yuan, has just graduated from a college in Yunnan province.

The student said that the 55-inch TV only cost 2,699 RMB ($422), while the price of a similar one in his home country could go up to 17,500 RMB.

For historic and economic reasons, home appliances are costly in Sri Lanka. Even after import taxes or fees, the Xiaomi TV is still cheaper than one bought in Sri Lanka.

Though it was not very easy to ship, Xu still chose to take it home to save money. He said he has been quite satisfied with it, and is planning to buy another one in China this May.

Chinese products have already shaken off the label of low-quality. More and more Chinese enterprises, including Xiaomi, are changing the image of “made in China” through their innovation and quality.

As a leading innovator of China, Xiaomi will enter the overseas market this year, said Wang Chuan, a senior manager of the company.

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