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As Chinese Influence Increase In Indian IT Industry, Government Reviews Import

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| August 16 , 2017 , 15:53 IST

Amid Doklam standoff and Modi government's digital push, the government has started a review of Chinese electronics and IT imports over security and data leakage concerns, says a media report.

As India-China relations deteriorate amid fierce words from both sides, there have also been uproars demanding restrictions or limitations to Chinese import.

According to a report in a media outlet, the government is concerned about the increasing influence of Chinese companies in the Indian market and as it can help the country gain access to critical information over individuals, businesses or government.

"There are increasing concerns about the preparedness of the security apparatus, especially as there are fears that electronics, online trade platforms, and finished goods can be tapped into for procuring sensitive information," said the outlet source.

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The source told the outlet, Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had recently held a top-level meeting in order to evaluate the Chinese engagement in India's electronics and IT market.

He has also asked the officials to assess the country's vulnerability in terms of Chinese goods.

The report quoted another source saying, "Many of the devices transmit, or store, data back into Chinese servers, which could pose a security risk. Also, online transactions using many of these devices and platforms can be tracked back to Chinese servers, which can create security issues for the country at a time of heightened tension on the border."

While India is pushing 'Digital India', Modi government is also backing their 'Make in India' campaign, which is focusing on India's digital needs as well.

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IT Minister Prasad had earlier said that the government is expecting the turnover of digital, communications and IT industry to grow nearly fourfold to $1 trillion by 2022 as compared to the current $280 billion.

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