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China App Ban: Chinese Foreign Ministry Criticises India’s Move to Ban More Apps

China App Ban: Chinese Foreign Ministry Criticises India’s Move to Ban More Apps

India has banned 217 Chinese apps in three rounds so far.

China on Wednesday said it was firmly opposed to India's decision to block 43 more 

Chinese apps on national security grounds, claiming the move violated WTO rules.

India on Tuesday blocked 43 more Chinese mobile apps, including Alibaba's e-commerce app AliExpress, in a fresh wave of web sanctions amid its border standoff with China.

The banned applications were a threat to the "sovereignty and integrity of India", 

an official statement said in New Delhi.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT issued the order for blocking the access of these

 apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian

 Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs, the release said.

Earlier on June 29 this year, the government had blocked access to 59 mobile apps 

and on September 2, another 118 apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

The ban had come in the backdrop of border tensions with

 China in eastern Ladakh since May.

Asked for his reaction to the latest ban on Chinese apps by India,

 Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing in 

Beijing that China expresses serious concern over India's move.

“Since June this year four times India has imposed restrictions on smartphone

 apps that have Chinese backgrounds under the pretext of national security,” he said.

"This behaviour violates market principles and World Trade Organisation rules

 severely undermines the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies. 

China firmly rejects it,” the spokesman said.
Zhao said Chinese government always asks its companies to abide by international

 rules and local laws and regulations when doing business overseas.

“Following the market principles, the Indian government has the responsibility

 to protect their lawful rights and interests of international investors,

 including Chinese companies”, he said.

He said the nature of China India economic and trade cooperation is mutually beneficial.

"We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory 

behavior and avoid further damage to bilateral cooperation,” he said.

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