India Bans Over a Hundred More Chinese Apps as Tensions Escalate

03 Septembre, 2020, 14:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • India bans PUBG Mobile

India has banned another 118 mostly Chinese mobile apps including Chinese gaming and social media powerhouse Tencent's popular videogame PUBG Mobile, citing data security concerns.

"India is taking a more aggressive stance towards China, both to reduce its economic reliance on China while also trying to show that India won't be caught off guard again and will push back against perceived Chinese attempts to change the status quo", said Akhil Bery, Washington-based analyst at Eurasia Group. While some were shocked at the ban, most of the netizens on the micro-blogging site related to the Indian parents who might be rejoicing at the ban as they thought it "distracted" their children from studies, etc. In June, the government had banned 59 China-linked apps, including TikTok, following the Galwan Valley clash that claimed lives of 20 Indian soldiers and the widespread calls to boycott Chinese products that followed.

"This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace", said the MEIT.

India's technology ministry said the apps were a threat to India's sovereignty and security. India ranks No.1 in the world in terms of PUBG downloads, accounting for roughly 175 million installs, or 24 per cent of the total, apps analytics firm SensorTower says.

The Chinese embassy in New Delhi denied Chinese troops were at fault, accusing Indian troops of "illegally" crossing the LAC at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake in the western sector of China-India border and conducting "flagrant provocations".

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A Parliamentary Standing Committee specifically discussed the need for a ban on PUBG Mobile in July.

India already banned 59 apps at the end of June, including video-sharing platform TIkTok, social media app WeChat and Weibo, China's equivalent of the United States micro-blogging site Twitter.

Asian News Information has tweeted the full list of apps that are now included under the ban.

India's prohibitions have stalled business operations of several Chinese companies in India. But the majority of the apps named appeared to have Chinese developers or stakeholders.

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