China on Thursday expressed concern over India’s decision to ban 54 Chinese apps over ‘security reasons’ and Indian tax authorities conducting raids at multiple premises of a leading telecom company, calling it an effort to “suppress” Chinese companies.
The Chinese commerce ministry said India should improve its business environment and treat all foreign investors, including Chinese companies, in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner.
The reaction from Beijing came in the backdrop of India banning 54 Chinese apps in a new order citing ‘security concerns’.
India’s electronics and IT ministry banned apps including those belonging to big Chinese tech firms such as Tencent, Alibaba and NetEase, re-branded versions of apps already banned by India in 2020.
The Chinese commerce ministry was also reacting to India’s income-tax department conducting searches at multiple premises of Chinese telecom company Huawei as part of a tax evasion investigation.
Meanwhile, the Chinese tech giant Huawei will fully cooperate as per Indian rules and regulations as it is confident the firm’s operations in India are compliant with all laws and regulations of the country, the company told the Global Times on Thursday.
Huawei, according to the Global Times report, said that it has been informed of the reported visit of the Indian income tax team and meeting with some personnel, noting that it will approach related government departments for more information and follow the right procedure with the tax authorities.