China said on Wednesday that it firmly opposes India’s decision to block 43 other Chinese applications on grounds of national security, saying it violates WTO rules.
During the border stalemate with China, India blocked another 43 kinds of Chinese mobile applications in a new round of online sanctions on Tuesday, including Alibaba’s e-commerce application AliExpress.
An official statement issued in New Delhi stated that the banned application threatened “India’s sovereignty and integrity”.
The press release stated that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order to block Indian users from accessing these applications based on a comprehensive report received by the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Center of the Ministry of the Interior.
Earlier on June 29 this year, the government had banned access to 59 mobile applications; on September 2, 118 applications were banned in accordance with Article 69A of the Information Technology Law.
Since May, the ban has been carried out against the backdrop of tensions on the border between eastern Ladakh and China.
When asked about his reaction to India’s recent ban on the use of Chinese apps, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news conference in Beijing that China expressed serious concerns about India’s actions.
“Since June this year, India has used India’s excuse to impose restrictions on smartphone applications with a Chinese background four times.
The spokesperson said: “This behavior violates market principles and the rules of the World Trade Organization, and seriously harms the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies. China firmly refuses.”
Zhao said that the Chinese government has always required his companies to comply with international rules and local laws and regulations when conducting business overseas.
He said: “According to market principles, the Indian government has the responsibility to protect the legitimate rights and interests of international investors, including Chinese companies.”
He said that the nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation is mutually beneficial.
He said: “We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory behavior and avoid further undermining bilateral cooperation.”
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