Chinese Brands On The Nose 43 Apps Banned
India is taking it right up to Chinese brands banning apps and restricting smartphone sales.
In their latest move the Indian Government has banned 43 mobile applications including Alibaba Group Holding’s e-commerce app Aliexpress in a new wave of web sanctions targeted at China with which it has engaged in a months-long Himalayan standoff.
Also, under pressure is Chinese phone brands Oppo, Realme and Vivo with many Indians dumping their Chinese smartphones for smartphones from the likes of Samsung and LG.
The Asia Nikki reported that the 43 mostly Chinese origin apps, which also include a few dating apps, threaten the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, the federal technology ministry said in a statement.
India has previously banned more than 170 apps saying they collect and share user’s data which could pose a threat to the state.
The moves, which India’s technology minister has referred to as a “digital strike”, were initiated after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a skirmish with Chinese troops at a disputed Himalayan border site in June.
The move is another setback for Chinese giant Alibaba, which is the biggest investor in Indian fin-tech firm Paytm and also backs online grocer BigBasket.
Its subsidiary UC Web laid off staff in India earlier this year after New Delhi first banned 59 Chinese-origin mobile apps that included UC Web’s browser and two other products.
The Chinese tech giant was also forced to put on hold it plans to invest in Indian companies following the border tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries, Reuters previously reported.
India’s slew of app bans has also jolted the ambitions of Chinese tech titans such as Bytedance and Tencent in the South Asian country, which is trying to reduce Beijing’s influence in its burgeoning internet economy.