India’s authorities banned practically 60 Chinese language cell apps Monday, together with TikTok, citing nationwide safety issues, a part of the bigger tit-for-tat retaliation that’s unfolding between the international locations after their militaries clashed earlier this month.

The transfer comes after a lethal conflict between the Chinese language and Indian militaries alongside their shared, disputed border earlier this month. The preventing left 20 Indians useless and an unknown variety of Chinese language casualties.

Whereas India has vowed to retaliate, it lags far behind China in army and financial energy, leaving it with few choices. However Chinese language telecommunication and social networking corporations have lengthy eyed India’s big market and its huge potential. Solely about 50 p.c of India’s 1.three billion residents are on-line.

Along with TikTok, the favored social networking platform, the banned apps embody UC Browser, Shareit and Baidu Map.

The cell apps on Android and iOS platforms had been “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting customers’ knowledge in an unauthorized method to servers which have places exterior India,” India’s ministry of digital and data know-how stated in an announcement Monday.

“The compilation of those knowledge, its mining and profiling by parts hostile to nationwide safety and protection of India, which finally impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and instant concern which requires emergency measures,” the assertion added.

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