China on Wednesday expressed concern over India’s decision not to grant any Chinese companies permission to participate in 5G trials in the world’s second-largest internet market as the two neighboring countries struggle to navigate their trade relations amid their geopolitical tensions.
Indian Ministry of Telecommunications at the start of the week approved over a dozen requests from companies to perform a six-month trial to test the use and application of 5G technology in the country.
Among those who have received the approval are international giants such as Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung who will work with Indian telecom operators Jio Platforms, Airtel, Vodafone Idea and MTNL for the trial.
Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies that have been in India for several years have not received approval from the Indian government to participate in the next trial. India’s ministry said earlier this week that it had licensed companies selected by telecom operators.
Wang Xiaojian, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in India, said in a statement Wednesday that the nation is expressing “concern and regret that Chinese telecommunications companies have not been allowed to conduct 5G trials with Indian telecommunications service providers in India ”.
“Relevant Chinese companies have been operating in India for years, providing mass employment opportunities and helping to build telecommunications infrastructure in India. Excluding Chinese telecommunications companies from the trials would not only harm their legitimate rights and interests, but would also hinder the improvement of the Indian business environment, which is not conducive to innovation and development of Indian related industries ”, Xiaojian added.
Last year, Airtel (India’s second-largest telecom operator) said it was open to working with global tech companies, including those from China, for components. “Huawei, over the last 10 or 12 years, has gotten extremely good with their products to a point where today I can safely say that their products at least in 3G, the 4G that we have experienced is without a doubt. significantly superior to Ericsson and Nokia. And I use all three, ”Airtel founder Sunil Mittal told a conference last year.
In the same panel, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross had urged India and other US allies to avoid Huawei.
Geopolitical tension between India and China escalated last year with skirmishes at the shared border. India, which at the beginning of last year changed a rule to make it difficult to Chinese companies invest in Indian companies, To since banned over 200 apps including TikTok, UC Browser and PUBG Mobile, who have ties to China for national security reasons.
India’s move earlier this week follows similar decisions by the US, UK and Australia, all of which have expressed concerns over Huawei and ZTE and their ties to the Chinese government.
“The Chinese side hopes that India could do more to enhance mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries, and provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory investment and business environment for market entities. all countries, including China, to operate and invest in India “, wrote Xiaojian.
Last year, China expressed “serious concerns” and “strongly opposed” India’s accusations that Chinese apps posed national security concerns. The Chinese Embassy alleged that by banning apps with links to China, New Delhi was engage in “discriminatory practices” which “violate WTO rules”.