China’s tech firms are being encouraged to sue India’s government for compensation after the latter made permanent last year’s temporary ban on 59 apps originating from that country.

What’s happening? 

  • The Indian government’s decision came after it said it was not satisfied with the responses of companies to questions of compliance around data privacy and national security issues.

  • TikTok is scaling back its workforce in India, with 90% of staff set to leave by the end of next week.
  • China’s state-owned Global Times newspaper has urged affected firms to resort to law and seek compensation from the Indian government.

Upping the stakes

“India is like a bandit in [a] world that advocates civilized trade … India only has a layman’s understanding of the international rules” – Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief, Global Times. 

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Sourced from South China Morning Post, Pitch; additional content by WARC staff