On Tuesday, India added more Chinese Apps to its banned list. This provoked an immediate response from the Chinese. The two more populated countries in the world have been facing border tensions from time immemorial and these tensions have escalated from June this year.
This ban has elicited a reaction from China on Wednesday.
“We firmly oppose the Indian side’s repeated use of ‘national security’ as an excuse to prohibit some mobile apps with Chinese background,” Ji Rong, spokesperson for China embassy in India, said.
The Indian government announced the ban of 43 more apps on Tuesday, most of them being Chinese ones. In these past few months, it has now banned over 200 apps, mainly Chinese, including the popular TikTok app.
“This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities that are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order,” India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement.
Many Indians had called for a ban on Chinese goods and services including tech products and fireworks that are used in huge numbers during the Indian festival of Diwali. Most of these bans and boycotts were put in place after a border clash in June where 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
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