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India bans 59 China-based apps including TikTok and WeChat

The Indian Government through the Ministry of Information Technology has imposed a ban on 59 China-based apps which include TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser and Meitu. According to the official press statement, the ban was due to
“emergent nature of threats” in view of information that they are engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.”

Below are the full of apps that are banned by the Indian authorities:

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

It is believed that the ban was due to tensions between China and India due to a border dispute. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a recent clash with Chinese forces at the Himalayan border. With rising anti-China sentiments, a “Remove China App” had gained popularity in India a few weeks ago but eventually, the app was removed from The Google PlayStore.

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TikTok India has tweeted that it is complying with the India Government’s interim order. It added that it has been invited to meet with government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and to submit its clarification. It stresses that they would continue to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under law. TikTok has also assured that it has not shared any data of Indian users with other foreign governments including India. It is reported that India is the biggest driver for TikTok with 30.3% of its 2 billion downloads coming from India.

According to Reuters, the Chinese government has expressed concern about India’s latest action to ban Chinese apps. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian had told reporters that India has a responsibility to uphold the rights of Chinese businesses.

The Times of India has just reported that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4pm (6.30pm Malaysian time). He is expected to provide updates on the COVID-19 situation as well as the recent India-China Galwan Valley dispute.


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Alexander Wong