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World India bans new Chinese applications, Beijing ulcerated

14:55  25 november  2020
14:55  25 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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China on Wednesday blasted India's "discriminatory" decision to ban around 40 Chinese mobile applications for security reasons. A measure that comes against the backdrop of a deadly border dispute between the two Asian giants.

Tensions remain high between Beijing and New Delhi after a bloody clash last June at their disputed border in the Himalayas . Hand-to-hand combat claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers and left an unknown number of victims in the Chinese ranks.

In the process, India had banned from its gigantic market 50 Chinese applications for smartphones, including the very popular TikTok , in the name of national security. In July and September, 165 additional applications were also banned.

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India banned 43 more Chinese apps on Tuesday including some from e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying they threatened its "sovereignty and integrity" as tensions remain high between the nuclear-armed neighbours following a deadly border clash.

India banned another 43 Chinese apps including some of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s key shopping services, expanding its mobile blacklist to more than 200 applications . The country bans another 43 Chinese apps including Aliexpress. India ’s tech leaders are pushing for even stronger actions.

On Tuesday, New Delhi announced another round of bans, this time targeting 43 applications, including those of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying they threaten India's “sovereignty and integrity”.

"Serious concerns"

Beijing expressed "serious concerns" on Wednesday. "These measures are clearly contrary to the principles of the market and the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO)", criticized Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry during a regular press briefing. "They seriously undermine the rights and legitimate interests of Chinese companies," he said, calling on India to "correct this discriminatory practice to avoid further damaging bilateral cooperation".

The military clash in June, the first deadly shock since 1975 between the two neighbors, stoked an anti-Chinese fever in Indian public opinion, with calls for a boycott of Chinese products. The last open conflict between the two most populous nations on the planet dates back to the 1962 blitzkrieg, which saw Indian troops quickly defeated by the Chinese military.

In accordance with a long-standing practice to avoid a real military confrontation, the two armies in principle do not use firearms along their border.

(with AFP)

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