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India app ban: China says it is ‘seriously concerned’ about crackdown on Chinese companies
“Indian authorities have taken a series of crackdowns against Chinese companies and related products in India, which have seriously undermined the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies,” said Gao Feng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce. , at a press conference in Beijing. Thursday.

The rebuke comes days after India blocked access to 54 apps in the country over security concerns, according to details shared this week with CNN Business by a senior government official from the Ministry of Electronics and Communications. information technology.

Many banned apps are Chinese and belong to tech companies such as Tencent, Alibaba and NetEase, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources.

Also, this week, the Chinese company Huawei said Indian tax authorities “visited” its office in the country and met with Huawei staff.

“Huawei is confident that our operations in India are firmly in compliance with all laws and regulations,” the telecom equipment maker said, adding that it will cooperate with the Indian government.

Although the company gave no further details, Reuters reported – citing an unnamed source – that tax authorities on Tuesday carried out searches at the tech giant’s offices in New Delhi, Gurugram and Bangalore.

“Officials from the Income Tax Department reviewed the financial documents, books and company records of Huawei, Indian companies and overseas transactions,” Reuters added, citing reports. in the local media. “Some records were also seized.”

The income tax department did not respond to a request for comment.

This is not the first time that India has banned Chinese apps. In 2020, India banned over 200 mostly Chinese apps, including popular video platform TikTok.
Although the Indian government’s statement on the TikTok ban did not mention China by name, it came at a time of heightened military tensions between the two countries following deadly border clashes. At the time, many Indians called for a boycott of Chinese goods and services, especially the dominant technology industry in China.

Vedika Sud contributed reporting, along with bureaus in Beijing and New Delhi.

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