China Says Move "Discriminatory" After India Blocks Chinese Apps

China Says Move "Discriminatory" After India Blocks Chinese Apps

China said today that it was "seriously concerned" about the Indian government blocking 59 Chinese apps and firmly opposed such action. India's move was "discriminatory" and "runs against fair and transparent practices," the Chinese embassy said in a statement. "India's measure, selectively and discriminatorily aims at certain Chinese apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds, runs against fair and transparent procedure requirements, abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules. It also goes against the general trend of international trade and E-commerce, and is not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India," Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said. TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser and two Xiaomi apps were among the apps blocked on Monday evening by the government over national security and privacy concerns, two weeks after the Ladakh clash with China in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the line of duty. China said the apps had a large number of users in India and "have been operating strictly in accordance with Indian laws and regulations". The ban, said the Chinese Embassy statement, would affect not only the employment of local Indian workers who supported the apps, but also the interests of Indian users and the employment and livelihoods of many creators and entrepreneurs. "We expect India acknowledges the mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation, and urge the Indian side to change its discriminatory practices, maintain the momentum of China-India economic and trade cooperation, treat all investments and service providers equally, and create an ...
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