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India banned 43 more Chinese-owned mobile apps Tuesday including Aliexpress, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s e-commerce app, bringing the total to 267 Chinese apps banned in India since June. The Indian government released a list of the banned apps, which includes several dating apps, citing a violation of 69A of India’s Information Technology Act. The apps in question were deemed to be “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.”
This move is the latest escalation as tensions continue to rise between the two nations. China is embracing “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy, which is a colloquial Chinese term for its pursuit of an aggressive nationalist foreign policy agenda. Both countries are looking to conclude their months-long standoff at their shared border, with a plan that involves no-patrol zones, removing tanks and artillery and verifying withdrawal via drone.
India bans 43 more Chinese apps over cybersecurity concerns – TechCrunch – 11/24/2020
The apps that have been banned include popular short video service Snack Video, which had surged to the top of the chart in recent months, as well as e-commerce app AliExpress, delivery app Lalamove, and shopping app Taobao Live. Full list here. At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any Chinese app left in the top 500 apps used in India.
India Bans More Chinese Apps as Part of Its Digital Campaign to Pressure Beijing – Wall Street Journal – 11/24/2020
The U.S. has also been trying to restrict Chinese tech companies. The Trump administration’s attempts to effectively strangle video-sharing app TikTok’s access to Americans were delayed this month when the Commerce Department said it wouldn’t enforce its order that would bar companies from providing internet-hosting or content-delivery services to TikTok.