Beijing says it's 'strongly concerned' by India's decision to ban Chinese apps

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Beijing is pushing back on a decision by India to ban dozens of Chinese mobile apps as tensions between the world's most populous countries continue to rise

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, told reporters on Tuesday that the government was"strongly concerned" about the ban. He said that authorities were still"checking and verifying information on the situation," but added that it was India's responsibility to"uphold the legitimate rights of international investors."

The Indian government said in a statement Monday that it had received complaints about the misuse and transmission of user data by some mobile apps to servers outside the country."The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India ... is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," it said.

According to the World Bank, India imports more goods from China than any other country, buying more than $90 billion worth of products in 2018 including machinery and electronics, chemicals and consumer goods. It exported less than a fifth of that amount to China. The app ban is a new battlefield in the Indian government's fight to assert its strength and encourage Indians to use local goods, according to Gareth Price, a senior rsesearch fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme at UK think tank Chatham House.

 

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