lørdag 19. februar 2022

Beijing says it is 'seriously concerned' as India cracks down on Chinese companies

Beijing said that it is "seriously concerned" about actions India has taken against Chinese companies this week, including banning apps. "Indian authorities have taken a series of repressive measures against Chinese companies and related products in India, which has seriously damaged the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies," said Gao Feng, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.

The rebuke comes days after India blocked access to 54 apps in the country over security concerns, according to details shared this week with CNN Business by a senior government representative from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Many of the banned apps are Chinese, belonging to tech companies such as Tencent, Alibaba and NetEase, Bloomberg reported, quoting unnamed sources. Additionally, this week Chinese firm Huawei said India's tax authorities "visited" its office in the country and met with some Huawei personnel.

"Huawei is confident our operations in India is firmly compliant to all laws and regulations," the telecoms equipment maker said, adding that it will cooperate with the Indian government.