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China demands protection of its firms, nationals after flag row at Noida Oppo mobile factory

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    China demands protection of its firms, nationals after flag row at Noida Oppo mobile factory
    Published March 29, 2017
    SOURCE:Hindustan Times

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    China said on Wednesday it hoped the rights of its companies and nationals working in India would be safeguarded, reacting to protests against a Chinese employee of a mobile phone company for allegedly tearing up an Indian flag.

    A large posse of police had to be deployed inside and outside the Noida Sector 63 office of Oppo, the rapidly-expanding Chinese phone company and the main sponsor of the Indian cricket team from next month.

    “We have seen the report. As far as we know, the company is in touch with the local police. We hope this issue can be resolved properly,” Lu Kang, foreign ministry spokesperson said, when asked to comment about the incident at the regular presser in Beijing.

    “The Chinese government always asks its Chinese enterprises and staff overseas to abide by local law and regulations and respect local practices and customs,” Lu added.

    “We also hope that the legitimate rights of the Chinese enterprises and staff will be safeguarded under the strict regulations of law,” he added.

    Police registered a case against the person, who worked as a production manager in Oppo and allegedly tore and threw the Tricolour in the dustbin at the firm’s office on Tuesday evening. Police said they would collect CCTV footage from Oppo, to establish the claims of the Indian complainants.

    The incident wasn’t covered in detail in Chinese media but it did come to the notice of a few hundred users of China’s Twitter, Weibo.

    One user said that Indians should boycott Oppo products while another commented that China’s relations with its neighbours weren’t good and this was an example of bad relations.

    Some posts were sarcastic posts as well.

    One Weibo user, using a method of satire commonly applied to nationalistic Chinese, said:

    “If 1.2 billion Indians do not buy Chinese goods, Chinese economy would be in depression, and if they do not buy Chinese good for one year, China would collapse. All the Indians who see this picture have to forward it, or you are not an Indian,” the user wrote using a satirical vein.

    One weibo user saw a conspiracy theory in it: “The event cannot be so simple. If it’s not for advertising, there must be other reason. No one would do that in normal situation,” the user said.

    One website, Guancha.cn connected the protests following the incident to Oppo’s sponsoring the Indian cricket team and the rising trend of nationalism in India.

    It said that it was possible that some Indians feel they not only couldn’t match Chinese goods through the “Make in India” campaign but now the country’s famous national sports brand, the Indian cricket team, would have the name of a Chinese company as a logo.

    The website also said that the company was “really worried about the incident” and that they respect India and 99% of its employees (in India) were Indians.

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    Oppo sacks Chinese employee who insulted Indian flag
    Published March 29, 2017
    SOURCE: PTI

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    Chinese mobile phone company Oppo on Wednesday said it has fired the employee who insulted the Indian flag at its Noida factory premises yesterday.

    “We have zero tolerance for such matters and have taken strict action in terminating the individual and continue working very closely with the authorities on the matter,” Oppo India said in a statement here.

    Protest had broken out yesterday at the Noida plant of Oppo after workers alleged that one of their Chinese colleagues had thrown the Indian National Flag to a dustbin.

    Earlier in the day, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson told a media briefing in Beijing that China hopes the Indian authorities would “properly” resolve the issue.

    “We hope that it will be resolved properly. The Chinese government always asks its Chinese enterprises and staff overseas to abide by local law, regulations and respect local practices and customs,” the spokesperson said.

    Oppo India regretted the “unfortunate incident” and reaffirmed that this was an individual’s behaviour that in no way represented the company’s position.

    “Based on the recent incident and after thorough investigation with the concerned authorities, we have found that a worker discarded the Indian Flag from the table during regular external material check,” the company statement said.

    “We at OPPO India would like to restate our deep respect for India and the people here. Since our establishment in India, OPPO has been committed to the development of the industry and local communities. Our priority is the well being of our employees and the community we service,” it said.

    Stressing that it has “deep respect” for India and its culture, the company said it continues to obey the applicable laws and regulations in India and will not tolerate any misconduct.

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