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China to provide consular assistance to Vivo employees arrested in India

BEIJING: China will provide consular protection and assistance to two Chinese employees of smartphone maker Vivo arrested by Indian authorities and urge India not to discriminate against Chinese companies, it said on Monday (Dec 25). a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We closely follow what you mentioned. The Chinese government firmly supports Chinese companies in safeguarding their legitimate rights and interests,” Mao Ning said at a regular news conference.

India’s financial crime agency arrested two senior executives at Vivo’s Indian unit last week, a move the company vowed to legally challenge.

The two men were produced before a Delhi court on Saturday and placed in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate, a person directly involved in the case told Reuters.

The Vivo employees, whose identities Reuters could not confirm, will appear in court on Tuesday, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The arrests came two months after the Enforcement Directorate arrested four industry executives, including a Chinese national, working for Vivo’s Indian unit in a case of alleged money laundering, accusations that the company has denied.

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