After a first wave of 59 Chinese applications banned in June, India announces the blocking of 118 new software from its huge neighbor.
The magnitude with which India is attacking Chinese applications has nothing to do with the actions taken by the United States. While Washington has made known the 6 August its intention to ban two Chinese applications - TikTok and WeChat - the 20 September 2020, in the name of national security, New Delhi is much more radical against the software of its big neighbor.
In a message posted on 2 September, India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announces the immediate blocking of 118 applications mobiles, because they are "prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, in defense of India, state security and public order ". The list of implicated applications is available online.
Many of the apps banned by India are not known on this side of the planet. There are various utilities to take care of your mobile, video games, tools to take advantage of your smartphone's camera (like adding filters and stickers on his face), web browsers, dating services or media players.
But in the lot, we find a few names that have broken through in the West, like some programs related to WeChat (which is a very popular instant messenger in China, similar to Messenger), Baidu (the main Chinese search engine), Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Alipay payment solution and even what looks like clones of the PUBG Mobile video game !
This is not the first time that India has heavily sanctioned Chinese apps. Previously, New Delhi a banni 59 chinese apps, dont TikTok, that would have been downloaded more than 600 million times in the country after SensorTower, whose figures date from this spring. Other applications, comme Baidu Maps, Clash of Kings, Wechat, Weibo or Baidu Translate have been blocked.
The severity with which India attacks Chinese applications should be seen through the prism of Sino-Indian relations, which have refreshed significantly in recent months, and even came close to military escalation. Not far from the Himalayas, skirmishes took place in mid-June between Indian soldiers and Chinese forces - contact, the outcome of which is not clear, would have made dozens of deaths on each side.
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