- The Indian government has blocked 118 more Chinese apps, including Tencent-published video game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” internet search engine Baidu, and Alibaba’s payment app Alipay.
- India banned 59 Chinese apps in June, including TikTok, after its forces clashed with Chinese troops on the nations’ Himalayan border.
- The Indian IT Ministry said the latest ban would protect Indian cyberspace.
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The Indian government has blocked a further 118 Chinese mobile apps, citing national security concerns, amid rising tensions between the neighboring countries.
Among the apps is the video game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” published by Chinese tech giant Tencent, which has more than 50 million players in India. Tencent’s stock fell 2% on the news.
Other banned apps include messaging site WeChat Work, search engine Baidu, and Alibaba’s payment app, Alipay.
India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement that the decision would ensure the safety, security, and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace. Some mobile apps on Android and iOS were stealing users’ data and transferring it outside India, it claimed.
China’s commerce industry spokesman Gao Feng condemned the decision, and asked India to “correct their mistakes.”
India banned 59 apps in June, including the video sharing platform TikTok, the most downloaded app in the country. This ban followed the clash of Indian and Chinese troops on the nations’ Himalayan border, in which 20 Indian soldiers died.
Local media reported that an Indian soldier was killed earlier this week by a Chinese landmine on the border.