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India is stepping up with China and bans dozens of apps, including TikTok




India Monday banned 59 mobile apps, most of them Chinese, led by the well-known TikTok app by Bytedance and WeChat by Tencent, in the strongest move targeting China in the digital space Since the border crisis erupted between the two countries earlier this month.

The Indian Ministry of Technology issued an order stating that the applications "harm India's sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, state security and public order." After the order is issued, Apple and Google will have to remove applications from the Google Play and App Store stores.

The move comes after a border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in a disputed area in the Himalayas earlier this month that killed 20 Indian soldiers.

The ban is expected to be a major obstacle in India for Chinese companies such as Bit Dance, which have placed big bets in one of the world's largest web services markets. Beijing-based Byte Dance plans to invest $ 1 billion in India and open a local data center and has recently boosted recruitment in the country.

Sensor Tower, a company that specializes in application analytics, said last April: India is the largest driver of Tik Tok installations, accounting for 611 million permanent downloads, or 30.3% of all app downloads.

Among the other applications that have banned the application (Chat), which has been downloaded more than 100 million times in the Android system from Google, and the browser (UC Browser) from Alibaba, in addition to two applications from the company Xiaomi.

"This is the fastest and strongest step the government could have taken to exert economic pressure on Chinese companies," said Santosh Bay, a partner with the Indian law firm Link Legal, which advises many Chinese companies.

It is noteworthy that anti-China sentiment has long flared in India due to accusations of cheap imports that have invaded the country, but the border clash has brought tensions to the fore as calls for boycotting Chinese products mount.

Reuters reported earlier that Indian customs at the ports last week disrupted containers from China, including: Apple products, Cisco, and Dell.
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