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Doklam standoff: No plans to single out Chinese investment proposals, says home ministry

LiveMint logoLiveMint 17-08-2017 PTI

New Delhi: India has no plans to single out Chinese investment proposals in the country by going slow on security clearance given to companies from that nation, notwithstanding the ongoing Doklam standoff, a home ministry official said on Thursday.

A ministry spokesperson said the issue of putting on hold security clearance given to Chinese investment proposals was “not under any consideration”.

“The clearance to investment proposals is given on the basis of a well-established procedure laid down in the past. There is no change in the policy,” he said.

The spokesperson was replying to a question on whether the government was planning “to go slow” in giving security clearance to Chinese companies intending to invest in India, in the wake of the Doklam standoff.

The home ministry is the nodal authority providing security clearance to foreign investment under the National Security Clearance Policy. A total of 14-15 parameters are fixed in eight to nine sensitive areas such as telecom, ports and civil aviation. It has also spelt out locations where foreign investment is not welcome such as those close to the border and vital installations.

According to the data provided by the ministry of commerce and industry, China invested $1.64 billion (Rs10,094 crore) from April 2000 to March 2017. Chinese companies have invested mostly in telecom, power, engineering and infrastructure sectors. Several Chinese companies have also shown an interest in setting up industrial parks in India.

The standoff between troops of India and China at Doklam area started after Bhutan, which has close diplomatic and military ties with India, protested to Beijing about People’s Liberation Army troops building a road in the strategic location close to the chicken neck tri-junction.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Reports said there was tension between the Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and in Barahuti in Uttarakhand in the recent past.

India and China share a 3,488-km-long border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh.

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