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India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese mobile apps

The Indian government has taken a firm stand to further strengthen the “Boycott China” movement. In a move that surprised everyone, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile apps including the TikTok, UC Browser, and Cam Scanner.

In an order passed on Monday, June 29, the government said that these apps are ‘engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order’.

It is to be noted that on June 18, the security agencies had recommended the government to take action against these Chinese mobile apps. The Securities agencies said that these apps are stealing data from India and are a threat to the overall security of the nation.

India has been one of the biggest markets for these apps. According to an estimate, these Chinese apps earn around 30-40% of their income from India. As per a statement, the spokesperson of the popular Chinese app TikTok had said that it wanted to earn as much as Rs 100 crore from India by September 2020.

The decision to ban Chinese mobile apps in India is considered as a big blow to the authorities sitting in Beijing. The government’s decision came after India lost its 20 soldiers in a clash with Chinese troops along LAC in the Galwan Valley on June 15.

In the last 15 days, India has canceled contracts worth more than INR 10,000 crore given to the Chinese companies. It has also deployed its advanced defense systems along the LAC. Subsequently, India has also managed to attract global attention towards Chinese adventurism with the small counties in the South China Sea and inside mainland China as well.  So, India is acting strongly on all the fronts, diplomatically, militarily, and now economically against China.

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