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India Accuses Chinese Phone Maker of Tax Evasion as Probes Grow

  • Delhi is seeking $551 million from Oppo for evading duties
  • Oppo becomes the third Chinese gadget maker targeted this year

India is seeking 43.89 billion rupees ($551 million) from smartphone maker Oppo for allegedly evading customs duties, the latest in a flurry of accusations by Delhi against Chinese tech giants.

The anti-smuggling agency has searched the offices of Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp.’s local unit and questioned management, India’s Finance Ministry said on Wednesday. It found “incriminating evidence indicating willful mis-declaration” of imported tools and components used to make phones, according to a statement. The Oppo unit also failed to include licensing fees paid to overseas companies when calculating the value of goods imported, the ministry added.