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Beijing criticises New Delhi for ‘suppressing’ Chinese firms in India

China has expressed concern over India’s decision to ban 54 Chinese apps for security reasons. Moreover, the Indian tax authorities also conducted raids at several premises of a well-known telecom company. Beijing criticises the same while calling it an effort to suppress the companies of China. The commerce ministry of the country has said that India should improve its business environment. The ministry also opined that India should treat the foreign investors, including the Chinese companies, in a transparent, fair, and non-discriminatory way.

Why Beijing criticises India’s decision

The reaction from Beijing in China has come in the backdrop of India’s decision to ban 54 Chinese apps. The country announced the same in a new order citing security concerns. The latest instance of tensions erupted between the two nations in May 2020. The same happened due to an ongoing border dispute between them. India’s electronics and IT ministry has banned apps most of which belong to huge tech firms of China. The most popular ones are Alibaba, NetEase, and Tencent. The re-branded versions of these apps were already banned by the country back in 2020.

Ministry’s comment after Beijing criticises the decision

The Chinese commerce ministry has also reacted to the income tax department of India conducting raids at the premises of Huawei. For the unversed, it is a Chinese telecom company that also became part of the tax evasion investigation. The IT department conducted raids in the branches of Gurugram, Delhi, and Bengaluru. The raids happened on Tuesday.

Gao Feng, Spokesperson of the Chinese commerce ministry has commented on the same. He said that the Indian authorities had taken, “…series of measures to suppress Chinese companies and their products in India, which have seriously damaged the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.” He further added, “China expressed serious concern about this.” Both Chinese companies and foreign investors are deeply concerned about the current investment environment in India.

Gao said, “Foreign investors have created a large number of employment opportunities in India and made positive contributions to India’s economic development.” He further added that India and China are inseparable neighbours. According to him, both countries are also trade and economic partners.

Trade between India and China

The bilateral trade volume between India and China reached $125.7 billion in 2021. So, it witnessed a year-on-year increase of 43%. As published in the Hindustan Times, Gao Feng said, “The economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has strong resilience and great potential. It is hoped that the Indian side can take concrete measures to maintain the sound development momentum of bilateral economic and trade cooperation and to benefit the two countries.

Meanwhile, Huawei will fully cooperate with the rules and regulations of India. The Chinese Tech company is confident that its operations in India have complied with all the regulations and laws of the country. The company was reportedly informed about the visit of the Indian income tax team.

Earlier in 2020, India had banned multiple Chinese apps in the country citing security reasons. The main ones included PubG, Club Factory, Shein, etc.

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