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Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 09:25
China urges India to backtrack on ban on Chinese apps
By Xinhua
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 09:25 By Xinhua

This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the Chinese instant messaging app WeChat on the screen of a tablet. (MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)

NEW DELHI - The Chinese Embassy in India on Tuesday urged the Indian government to correct wrongdoings of banning apps with Chinese background.

On June 29, the Indian government banned 59 mobile apps with Chinese background including WeChat, which severely damaged the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.

Ji Rong, counselor and spokesperson, Chinese Embassy in India

In response to media query on the restriction on WeChat of sending and receiving messages in India, Ji Rong, counselor and spokesperson of the embassy, said the Chinese side has lodged solemn representation to the Indian side and asked the Indian side to correct its wrongdoings.

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"On June 29, the Indian government banned 59 mobile apps with Chinese background including WeChat, which severely damaged the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies," Ji said.

"I want to reiterate that the Chinese government consistently asks Chinese enterprises to abide by international rules and local laws and regulations when conducting external cooperation," Ji said.

The spokesperson noted that the Indian government has the responsibility to protect the legitimate rights and interests of international investors in India, including Chinese businesses, in accordance with market principles.

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"Practical cooperation between China and India is mutually beneficial," she said. "Deliberate interference in such cooperation will not serve the interests of the Indian side."

"China will also take necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies," Ji added.

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