China Reacts After The Ban on 59 Apps, Embassy Says The Move Violates WTO Rules.
Chinese official says China is “Strongly concerned” about the ban. Tik-Tok users share video messages for fans.
After the ban of 59 Chinese apps, The Chinese embassy in New Delhi said the move violates International laws governing global trade and e-commerce.
Earlier the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that China is strongly concerned about the notification issued by the Ministry of Information technology on Monday.
“India’s measure, selectively and discriminatorily aims at certain Chinese apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds, runs against fair and transparent procedure requirements, abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules,” said Ji Rong, spokesperson, the embassy of China, in a statement.
According to the embassy the move to ban these apps “goes against the general trend of International Trade and e-commerce, and is not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India”. Rong also said that the ban will not only affect the users but will hit the employees working in offices of these apps.
Urging India to change its “discriminatory practices”, the embassy said: “We expect India acknowledges the mutually beneficial nature of China-India economic and trade cooperation maintain the momentum of China-India economic and trade cooperation, treat all investments and service providers equally, and create an open, fair and just business environment while bearing in mind the fundamental interests of both sides and the overall interests of bilateral relations.”
A recent video by the Quint India showed that the tik-tokers were grieved after the ban. For many of them, this was the only platform to showcase their skills. The users made a living performing dance, music, comedy, and entertainment. They have urged their fans to follow them on Instagram. Many users burst in tears while recording the video message, and said they welcome this move by the Indian government since it is for National interest.