India on Thursday night further upped the ante against China by restricting bidders from countries with which it shares land borders from participating in tenders for government procurement without approval from competent authorities on the ground of defense and national security.

It however exempted such countries to which India provides lines of credit or developmental assistance, thus effectively confining the restrictions to China and Pakistan.

Relaxation has been provided in certain limited cases, including for the procurement of medical supplies for containment of COVID-19 global pandemic till 31 December 2020.

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