Stop ‘regulatory attack’ on Chinese companies, Global Times advises India after Xiaomi allegations

Stop 'regulatory attack' on Chinese companies, Global Times advises India after Xiaomi allegations

“The impression that Chinese and other foreign companies could be intentionally targeted and suppressed isn’t something good or favorable for India,” it said. “It is of great importance for India to maintain normal and effective communication and coordination with Chinese investors.”

After smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp alleged threats of “physical violence” in Indian investigations, state-backed Chinese daily Global Times said India should stop its “regulatory assault” on Chinese enterprises. Xiaomi informed an Indian court on Saturday that during questioning by an Indian agency probing illegal transfers, its top executives faced threats and pressure. The allegations were labelled “untrue and unsubstantiated” by the Enforcement Directorate. In an opinion article published late Sunday, the Global Times cited the report, saying that the ambiguity surrounding Xiaomi’s “regulatory predicament should raise a red signal for India” and urging New Delhi to end its “regulatory onslaught on Chinese enterprises.”

Many Chinese companies have struggled to do business in India due to tensions following a border clash in 2020. India has cited security concerns in banning more than 300 Chinese apps since then – including TikTok – and tightened norms for Chinese companies investing in India. Global Times is a nationalistic tabloid published by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily. Its views do not necessarily reflect the official thinking of policymakers.

The Enforcement Directorate and an Indian government spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Global Times’ view. Xiaomi, the biggest smartphone seller in India with a 24% market share and 1,500 employees, also did not respond. The directorate on April 29 seized $725 million in Xiaomi’s India bank accounts, saying it made illegal remittances abroad “in the guise of royalty” payments.

An Indian court last week put on hold the agency’s decision, and the case will next be heard on May 12. Xiaomi denies any wrongdoing and says all royalty payments are legitimate. “It is fair to say that Xiaomi hasn’t been able to communicate effectively with Indian regulators,” Global Times said. “What has happened to Xiaomi could be seen as another example of India’s crackdown on Chinese companies.”

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