China on Wednesday expressed concern over India’s move to not allow any Chinese firm to participate in the 5G trials in the world’s second-largest Internet market as the two neighboring countries navigate trade relations between their geopolitical tensions Struggle to do.
India’s Department of Telecommunications earlier this week approved the application of more than a dozen firms to test the use and application of 5G technology in the country.
Those getting the approval include international giants like Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung who will collaborate with Indian telecom operators Jio Platforms, Airtel, Vodafone Idea and MTNL for trials.
Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies that have been operating in India for many years have not received approval from the Indian government to participate in the upcoming trial. The Indian ministry said earlier this week that it had allowed companies that were selected by telecom operators.
Wang Xiaojian, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in India, said in a statement on Wednesday that the nation “expresses concern and regret that Chinese telecom companies have not been allowed to conduct 5G tests with Indian telecom service providers in India.”
“Relevant Chinese companies have been operating in India for years, providing massive job opportunities and contributing to building India’s infrastructure in telecommunications. The exclusion of China’s telecom companies will not only harm their legitimate rights and interests, but will also hinder the improvement of the Indian business environment, which is not conducive to the innovation and development of the respective Indian industries.
Last year, Airtel (India’s second largest telecom operator) said it was open to collaborating with global technology firms, which include components from China. “Huawei, over the last 10 or 12 years, has become very good with its products to a point where I can say today in at least 3G, 4G of our products that we have experienced that without a doubt Much better than Ericsson and Nokia. And I use all three, “Airtel founder Sunil Mittal said at a conference last year.
In the same panel, the then US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urged India and other US allies to avoid Huawei.
Geopolitical tensions between India and China escalated last year with clashes on the shared border. India, which made it difficult for Chinese companies to invest in Indian companies early last year, has since banned more than 200 apps, including Tickcock, UC Browser and PUBG Mobile, which have national security concerns Has more relations with China.
India’s move earlier this week follows similar decisions taken by the US, UK and Australia, all of which have expressed concerns about Huawei and ZTE and their relationship with the Chinese government.
“The Chinese side hopes that India will do more to increase mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries and to provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory investment and trading environment for market entities from all countries, including China. Can do. And invest in India, “Xiaojian wrote.
Last year, China expressed “serious concerns” and “strongly opposed” India’s accusations that Chinese apps dealt with national security concerns. The Chinese embassy had alleged that by banning apps with links to China, New Delhi was embroiled in “discriminatory practices” that “violated WTO rules.”