India bans 54 Chinese apps, including those of Tencent, Alibaba and NetEase, on security concerns, report says
- India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned rebranded versions of Chinese apps that New Delhi already prohibited in 2020
- The latest move comes as a long-running dispute between the two nuclear-armed nations remains unresolved
India has banned 54 Chinese apps in a new order citing security concerns, according to a local newspaper report, marking the latest instance of tensions between the two neighbours locked in a protracted border dispute that has affected business dealings.
The South Asian nation’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned apps – including those belonging to major Chinese technology companies such as Tencent Holdings, Alibaba Group Holding and NetEase – that are rebranded versions of apps that the Indian government already banned in 2020, according to a report by daily newspaper The Economic Times on Monday.
A spokesman for India’s Ministry of Home Affairs did not immediately comment on the matter.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is the parent of the South China Morning Post. Tencent and NetEase are the country’s two biggest video gaming publishers.
The latest move comes as a long-running dispute between the two nuclear-armed nations remains unresolved, after boiling over in a bloody 2020 skirmish that left soldiers from both sides dead, and drew tougher laws in India for investments from China, including the original app ban.
India and China share an unmarked 3,488-kilometre (2,170 miles) long border along the Himalayas, where thousands of troops, tanks and artillery guns from both countries have been massed since then.
Tensions between the two countries remain, with India’s army chief citing the risk of Chinese aggression as recently as last month.
Author: Bloomberg, SCMP