China says Indian ban on apps violates WTO rules

China on Wednesday said that the Indian government’s decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms.

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The apps are banned from last year when political tension between the neighbors rose over their disputed border. This month, the Indian government decided to keep the ban on TikTok and other apps.

Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said, “We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory measures and avoid causing further damage to bilateral cooperation,”

China said that the Indian government’s decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms.

India’s ministry of electronics and information technology has issued fresh notices to make permanent a ban imposed on video app TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June.

India set to permanently ban 59 Chinese apps - DTNext.in

When it first imposed the ban, the Indian government gave the 59 apps a chance to explain their position on compliance with privacy and security requirements.

The government was not satisfied with the response/explanation given by these companies. Hence, the ban for these 59 apps was decided to be permanent then.

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The ministry’s June order stated that the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

The order, which India referred to as a “digital strike”, followed a skirmish with Chinese troops at a disputed Himalayan border site when 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

-PTC News