India Will Stop Importing Power Equipment From China And Pakistan
India will not import energy equipment from China and Pakistan, Indian Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh said.
"India imported energy equipment worth 710 billion rupees ($9.4 billion), including (imports worth) 210 billion rupees ($2.8 billion) from China; this is something that we cannot allow when a country has invaded our territory. We will not take anything from China and Pakistan," Singh said at the conference, which was broadcast online.
He also noted that state-owned companies should not give orders for the supply of equipment to Chinese firms.
Earlier, Singh said that India will check all electrical equipment purchased abroad, including in China, for malware and Trojan viruses.
China and India have a long-standing territorial dispute over the ownership of a section of mountainous territory in Northern Kashmir, as well as nearly 60,000 square kilometers in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The line of actual control that replaces the border between the countries in this region is located in the Ladakh region. In the fall of 1962, the dispute escalated into a border war. In 1993 and 1996, China and India signed agreements to maintain peace in disputed areas.
The aggravation of the situation in the region began in early May when there were several conflicts between the military of the two countries in the area of the high-altitude lake Pangong TSO. After that, India and China began to strengthen their forces in Ladakh near the line of actual control. A new round of tension began after a fight between the military of the two countries in the Galvan valley in Ladakh on the evening of June 15. According to the official new Delhi, 20 soldiers were killed in the incident on the Indian side. Information about the number of dead and injured from the Chinese side was not released.
The current situation has affected the economic relations of the countries – in particular, India intends to suspend the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in tests of 5G networks, the country's authorities have banned 59 mobile apps developed in China and wants to strengthen control over Chinese goods delivered to the country through the ASEAN countries. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that China will take the necessary measures to protect the legitimate interests of its companies in India.