China opposes discriminatory actions by India against Chinese firms

Hopes the two countries could meet halfway to create an open and equal business environment says spokesperson


Reuters January 28, 2021
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after a group picture during BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Benaulim, in the western state of Goa, India, October 16, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING:

China opposes any discriminatory and restrictive measures against its firms, a commerce ministry spokesperson said on Thursday, in response to queries about India’s continued ban on 59 Chinese apps.

China has sought clarifications from Indian authorities on the ban, the spokesperson, Gao Feng, told an online briefing, adding that it hoped the two countries could meet halfway to create an open and equal business environment.

India decided to keep its ban on video app TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps after reviewing the companies’ responses on issues such as compliance and privacy, sources told Reuters this week.

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