“We firmly oppose the Indian side’s repeated use of ‘national security’ as an excuse to prohibit some mobile apps with Chinese background,” Ji Rong, spokesperson for China’s embassy in India, said on Wednesday.
“This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order,” India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement.
In its response, the Chinese embassy said Beijing has always required Chinese companies operating overseas to abide by international rules and comply with local laws.
Relations between India and China have been frayed since a deadly border clash in June.
Many Indians had called for a boycott of Chinese goods and services, particularly from China’s dominant tech industry.
Beijing again pushed back on the pressure campaign on Wednesday, calling on India “to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of international investors, including Chinese companies,” a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said.
“The Indian side should immediately correct this discriminatory practice, so as to not bring more damage to the cooperation between the two sides,” the spokesperson added.
— Swati Gupta and Shawn Deng contributed to this report.