Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: Merely a day after India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps in the country, China has raised concerns over the move and said that Indian government must uphold the “legitimate and legal rights” of international investors.

On Monday, India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTOk and UC Browser citing security reasons and posing a threat to tthe defence, sovereignty and integrity of India.

The ban comes at a time when India and China are engulfed in a violent standoff at Galwan Valley in Ladakh.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reacting to the ban by India, said “China has noted the press release issued by the Indian side with strong concern and is now verifying the situation.”

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“I want to stress that the Chinese government always asks the Chinese businesses to abide by international rules, local laws and regulations in their business cooperation with foreign countries,” he added.

“The Indian government has the responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the international investors including the Chinese ones”, he further added.

Lijian also said that the ban will affect not only the employment of local Indian workers who support these apps, but also the interests of Indian users and the employment and livelihoods of many creators and entrepreneurs.

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