South Asia and Beyond

China Regrets Exclusion From India 5G Trials

China has expressed ‘concern and regret’ over India’s decision to not include Chinese telecom companies for 5G field trials. It’s embassy in Delhi talked up Chinese firms’ contribution to generating jobs and contributing to India’s telecom infrastructure.

“To exclude Chinese telecommunications companies from the trials will not only harm their legitimate rights and interests but also hinder improvement of the Indian business environment, which is not conducive to the innovation and development of related Indian industries, said Spokesperson Wang Xiaojian.

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Earlier this week, India’s Department of Telocommunications said four telecom service providers will carry out the 5Gtrials: Bharti Airtel in tie-up with Ericsson, Vodafone with Samsung, Reliance Jio Infocomm with Nokia and MTNL with C-DOT.

India has held the view that overall bilateral ties cannot improve when there’s tension along the border. “I can’t have friction, coercion, intimidation and bloodshed on the border, and then say let us have a good relationship in other domains. It is not realistic,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said.