India announced the banning of 43 additional Chinese applications for mobile devices, including those belonging to “Alibaba”, as they threaten “its sovereignty and territorial integrity”, in light of severe tensions between the two countries following a deadly clash at the border in June.
In mid-June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in direct confrontations. The number of casualties that resulted from the Chinese side at the disputed border between the two countries was not revealed in the Lach region in the Himalayas.
In the wake of that incident, New Delhi banned 50 Chinese applications, including the very popular application “TikTok”, “WeChat” and the game “Clash of Kings”, from its vast internal market, under the pretext of national security and data protection. In late July, it blocked 47 more applications, most of which were miniature or modified versions of that software.
In September, India announced a ban on 118 additional Chinese mobile apps, including the hit game PUBG.
Among the recent applications that have become banned in India are “Alibaba”, “Ali Express”, “Lamov” delivery service, and other applications for dating and live broadcasting.
The clash that took place in June, the first deadly confrontation between the two neighbors since 1975, has fueled anti-China sentiment among the Indian public, and calls for a boycott of Chinese products have followed.
According to Indian official figures, last year China exported goods to India with a total value of 74.9 billion dollars, including toys, cosmetics, electronic devices and car parts.