Chinese Cos may Face the Indian Music
After Beijing’s Azhar act at UN, New Delhi talks tough China’s status under ‘countries of concern’ shall be restored: Senior govt official
New Delhi: Upset over China blocking its proposal to have Jaishe-Mohammadchief MasoodAzhar designated as a terrorist by the UN committee in the wake of the Pathankot attack, India is considering reviewing its liberal security clearances for Chinese companies.
The displeasure is likely to be conveyed during the upcoming visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Moscow to attend the trilateral talks between Russia, India and China. “A bilateral meeting bet ween S waraj and her Chinese counterpart is also expected during which she is likely to raise the issue,” said officials.
China was recently taken out of the list of ‘countries of concern’, with an aim to bolster foreign investment and develop bilateral ties.Asmanyas24companieshave been given security clearances by the home ministry in the past two years as a result of the revised security clearance guidelines.
A senior government official said: “Security establishment is of the view that there shall be a review of the liberalised policy towards China and its status under ‘countries of concern’ shall be restored. The earlier decision to take China out of the list was tak-
Displeasure likely to be conveyed by India during the visit of Swaraj to Moscow
en in view of its increasing proximity towards Pakistan, but the objective seems to have failed. In the past two years, the government had fast-tracked a number of security clearances — China (19) was the biggest beneficiary, followed by the United States (18).”