New Delhi: Just days after the Centre amended the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy to check opportunistic takeovers of Indian companies amid the Covid-19 pandemic, China on Monday criticised the move and said that it violates the World Trade Organizations principle of non-discrimination.
In a statement, Chinese Embassy spokesperson in India, Ji Rong, said that the Indian government’s decision to tweak FDI norms goes against the trend of liberalization and facilitation of trade and divestment.
She noted that the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade’s (DPIIT) revised FDI policy, making it much difficult for companies from countries sharing land border with India, including China, to invest in the country.
The spokesperson said that facing the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, countries should work together to create a favorable investment environment to speed up the resumption of companies’ production and operation.
“The additional barriers set by Indian side for investors from specific countries violate WTO’s principle of non-discrimination, and go against the general trend of liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment. More importantly, they do not conform to the consensus of G20 leaders and trade ministers to realize a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep our markets open,” she said.
“We hope India would revise relevant discriminatory practices, treat investments from different countries equally, and foster an open, fair and equitable business environment,” Ji Rong added.
Outlining Chinese investments in India, the statement said that as of December 2019, China’s cumulative investment in India has exceeded $8 billion, far more than the total investments of India’s other border-sharing countries. (IANS)
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