Even as Modi government attacks Chinese phone makers, it can’t kick them out

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On October 11, the Enforcement Directorate arrested four persons in a money-laundering investigation against Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo. Among other things, the central agency has accused Vivo of illegally remitting money to China to evade taxes. These allegations came just a week after the Delhi Police claimed that people accused in the NewsClick case had written to defend Vivo and another Chinese phone maker Xiaomi in cases related to violating foreign funding norms and forming shell companies in India. Since bilateral relations between New Delhi and Beijing soured after a bloody border clash in 2020, several Indian agencies have investigated...