Response to media query by Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India Counselor Ji Rong on the Government of India's Decision of Blocking 118 Chinese Mobile Apps

Q: On September 2nd,the Ministry of Electronics & IT notified that the Government of India decided to block the usage of 118 Mobile Apps including Baidu Search. What's your comment?

A: We are seriously concerned and firmly oppose the Indian government to prohibit the Mobile APPs with Chinese background with the excuse of "national security". We urge the Indian government to rectify the discriminatory practices violating WTO rules, and provide an open, fair and impartial business environment for all market players from various countries including China.

The Chinese government has always required Chinese overseas companies to abide by international rules and operate in compliance with laws and regulations. The relevant practices by the Indian government not only harm the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese investors and service providers, but also harm the interests of Indian consumers and the investment environment. Suppression, self-seclusion and restrictions cannot benefit one country's development. It's the right way to integrate into global cooperation by being open, fair and transparent.

China and India are the opportunities of development to each other rather than strategic threats. The essence of economic and trade cooperation between China and India is for mutual benefit and win-win results. We hope that India will work with China to maintain the hard-won cooperation and development situation, and return to the right path of win-win cooperation.

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