China on Wednesday strongly opposed the Indian government’s move to ban 43 mobile apps, with many of them having Chinese links. It also critcised India for repeatedly using “national security” as an excuse for banning mobile applications having a Chinese connection.
Notably, the Union government on Tuesday blocked 43 apps citing that they were prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
Chinese spokesperson Ji Rong said, “China firmly opposes Indian side’s repeated use of ‘national security’ as excuse to prohibit mobile Apps with Chinese background. Hope India provides fair, impartial and non-discriminatory business environment for all market players and rectify discriminatory practices.”
He added: “China and India are the opportunities of development to each other rather than threats. Both sides should bring bilateral economic and trade relations back to the right path for mutual benefits and win-win results on the basis of dialogue and negotiation.”
Rong further said that the Chinese government had always required overseas Chinese companies to abide by international rules, operate in compliance with laws and regulations and conform to “public order and good morals”.
#China firmly opposes #Indian side’s repeated use of "national security” as excuse to prohibit #MobileAPPs with Chinese background. Hope India provides fair,impartial&non-discriminatory biz environ for all market players,& rectify discriminatory practices. https://t.co/hPqSHT7NLF pic.twitter.com/zD4FhajYt1
— Ji Rong (@ChinaSpox_India) November 25, 2020
India blocks 43 mobile apps
The Union government on Tuesday blocked 43 mobile applications (apps) over security concerns. This time too, many applications that have been blocked have Chinese links including the four apps owned by China’s Alibaba Group.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order in this regard under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The IT ministry’s order is based on the comprehensive reports received from the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Indian Cyber Coordination Centre.
220 apps banned by Centre so far
The Union government had in June this year banned 59 mobile apps having Chinese links. The action of the government was due to a nasty border clash with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.
The banning of the 59 apps was followed by the ban imposed on another 118 apps in September citing that they are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. So far, the Centre has banned 220 apps including popular apps such as TikTok and PUBG. Interestingly, the government hailed the app ban as a digital strike on China.
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