Well-known new Chinese news site The Paper recently reported that, according to the Cybercrime Coordination Center of India’s Ministry of the Interior, the Indian government banned another 43 Chinese apps based on Article 69A of the Information Technology Law. The newly banned apps include widely used Alipay, AliExpress, and Tencent’s WeTV, among others. These are highly popular Chinese apps. The Indian government explained that these apps participated in activities that are not conducive to India’s sovereignty, national security and public order. The Indian government had banned 59 Chinese apps in June and 118 apps in September. Those include well-known apps like TikTok, WeChat and the Xiaomi Browser. So far India has banned a total of 220 Chinese apps. The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed his serious concerns. China also believed India’s bans violated WTO rules as well as free-market principles and called for immediate corrections of this discrimination against Chinese businesses.
Source: The Paper, November 25, 2020