The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday termed India's move to ban certain Chinese apps "discriminatory" and alleged that it was a suspected violation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. In a statement, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said that the ban was against the general trend of international trade and E-commerce and that it was not conducive market interests in India.

The Chinese Embassy spokesperson said that the banned apps had a large number of users in India and they were operating strictly in accordance with Indian laws and regulations. He further asked India to acknowledge the mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation.

"The Chinese side expect India to acknowledge the mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation, and urge the Indian side to change its discriminatory practices, maintain the momentum of China-India economic and trade cooperation, treat all investments and service providers eqally, and create and open, fair and just business environment, while bearing in mind the fundamental interests of both sides and the overall interests of bilateral relations," he added.

On Monday, the Government of India (GoI) banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including Tik Tok and UC Browser, over national security concerns. The government, in a statement, said that these apps were blocked "as 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 to block Chinese apps is also linked to the recent clashes between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in Galwan Vally in Ladakh. At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in the clashes while over 70 others injured. If you want to look for an alternative to the banned Chinese apps, click here.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma