China and India have had a fraught relationship since at least the early 20th century. While they may not be able to agree on where their borders lie, it is clear that the two countries are economically important for each other: China has in recent years become one of the fastest-growing sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) for India. China’s tech giants have also been making their way across the Himalayas to the Indian subcontinent at a slow, but steady, pace.

The two countries share many similarities—a huge population, mobile first approach, as well as similar consumer spending habits and income levels. This is why the country of Ganges has proved fertile ground for transplanting business practices from China: Chinese companies have found investment opportunities amid the slowdown in home territory, while Indian startups have been gathering insights from a market that is much closer to them than Western ones.

With the conflict between the countries, companies Chinese companies have been targeted for extra scrutiny by the Indian government over data collection and privacy. How this will affect business remains to be seen, but here is how BATX (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and Xiaomi) have been expanding their footprint so far.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.