China-ALSHARQIYA November 26 : The Chinese government on Wednesday expressed "serious concerns" about India's decision to ban 43 other Chinese smartphone apps, and called on New Delhi to "correct its discriminatory approach immediately," according to The Independent.
The Indian government blocked access to Chinese applications based on what it described as security reasons, and confirmed that the applications concerned were "participating in activities affecting the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, and the security of the state and public order."
The Chinese claims to the Indian government come at a time of escalating military attacks between the two countries in the Ladakh region.
Since last June, the Indian government has banned about 258 Chinese applications, in mid-June following the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in clashes with the Chinese army on the border, it has banned 50 applications, including Tik Tok and WeChat. In September, it announced that another 118 applications were banned, including the "PUBG" game and the "Alibaba" app.
"Beijing strongly rejects it," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, while responding to an inquiry about India's ban on Chinese applications, adding that the Chinese government "always requires Chinese companies to observe international rules" and "local laws and regulations when doing business abroad." .
Noting that economic and trade cooperation between China and India, by its nature, is mutually beneficial, he called on India to immediately correct its discriminatory approach and avoid causing further harm to bilateral cooperation, and said, “The Indian government has a responsibility to follow market principles and protect the legitimate rights and interests of international investors, including Chinese companies. "
India was one of the first countries to move against Chinese apps including the hugely popular TikTok.