New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Flustered over the Indian government's decision to ban 59 apps with Chinese links, China on Tuesday said it was "strongly concerned" and "verifiying the situation", reported news agency ANI.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that it was the Indian government's responsibility to "uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones."

"We want to stress that Chinese Govt always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international & local laws-regulations. Indian Govt has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones," he said.  

India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. A formal order asking phone companies to block the applications has been issued by the Information Technology Ministry. 

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The ban came amidst widespread calls to boycott Chinese apps after the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley, which led to martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers.

The government has also banned a clutch of apps of Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, including Mi Community and Mi Video Call. Xiaomi is India's largest handset brand.

The IT Ministry said it has invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act and rules, and has decided to block 59 apps in view of information available that they are "engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

The move will "safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace", it added.

Over 2015-19, Chinese investors including Alibaba, Tencent, TR Capital and Hillhouse Capital, have invested over USD 5.5 billion in Indian start-ups, according to Venture Intelligence that tracks private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions and valuations, in India.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta