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India will stop importing power equipment from China and Pakistan

India will not import power equipment from China and Pakistan, said Minister of energy of India, Raj Kumar Singh.

"India imported power equipment in the amount of 710 billion rupees (9.4 billion dollars), including (the import amount) of 210 billion rupees ($2.8 billion) from China ... This is something that we cannot afford when the country invaded our territory ... we are not going to borrow from China and Pakistan," said Singh at the conference, which was broadcast online.

He also said that state companies should not give orders to supply equipment to Chinese firms.

Earlier, Singh said that India will test all purchased abroad, including in China, electrical equipment for the presence of malware and Trojan viruses.

Between China and India has a long-standing territorial dispute about the ownership of the plot of the mountainous area in the North of Kashmir, and almost 60 thousand square kilometres in the North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The line of actual control, replacing in this region the border between the countries is in the region of Ladakh. In the fall of 1962, the dispute escalated into a border war. In 1993 and 1996, China and India signed the agreement on maintaining peace in the disputed areas.

The aggravation of the situation in the region began in early may when a series of military conflicts between the two countries in the area of high-altitude lake Pangong TSO. Then India and China started strengthening the forces in Ladakh at the line of actual control. A new round of tensions began after a fight the military of the two countries in the valley of Galvan in Ladakh on the evening of 15 June. According to the official new Delhi, in the incident from the Indian side killed 20 soldiers. Information on the numbers of killed and wounded on the Chinese side was not made public.

This situation affected the economic relations of countries in particular, India plans to exclude Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the tests of 5G networks, the authorities forbade 59 developed by China mobile applications and wants to strengthen the control of the imported Chinese goods across the ASEAN countries. The Chinese foreign Ministry, in turn, said that China will take necessary measures to protect the legitimate interests of their companies in India.