BEIJING – The Chinese government on Tuesday expressed hope that India will carefully decide whether to send back to China on a new virus-testing device that has been faulted by China.

"We hope India will deepen relations with relevant Chinese companies and respond appropriately," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.

His remarks came after the Indian government on Monday said it would hand over the virus test kits, which were manufactured by two Chinese companies, based on incorrect testing.

The source said that the quality check on the device in field conditions was found to be inactive and therefore the order was canceled with no obligation to pay the Indian part.

By Chhouk Bora