India has banned another 43 Chinese applications as tensions remain intense over a border stand-off between the two nuclear-armed countries.
Beijing has criticized the move, saying it strongly opposes India’s rehashed use of “national security” as a reason to prohibit mobile applications with a Chinese background.
Among the applications banned in the most recent move are several from China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, including shopping platform AliExpress, the workplace messaging tool DingTalk, and streaming website Taobao Live.
Many dating applications are likewise on the rundown of restricted applications.
India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in articulation that the move was made based on inputs that these applications were biased to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the state, and public order.
As per a CNN report, the Chinese embassy in India responded that Beijing had consistently required Chinese companies working abroad to abide by worldwide standards and follow local laws.
India has now restricted more than 200 Chinese applications, including the famous video platform TikTok, over the most recent five months.
Relations between the two Asian giants have been delicate since a deadly border conflict in June, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of losses on the Chinese side.
Despite calls for calm and de-escalating, Indian and Chinese authorities have neglected to make progress, and the strains have spilled over into their trading relationship, worth more than US$80 billion.
There have been numerous blacklists of Chinese products and ventures, especially from China’s tech industry.
On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry approached India to protect the authentic rights and interests of international investors, including Chinese organizations.
“The Indian side should promptly address this discriminatory practice, in order to not carry more harm to the cooperation between the different sides,” a Foreign Ministry representative added.
The Times of India said the impeding of the applications was based on comprehensive reports received from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center.
The Daily said the most recent Indian move was a setback for Alibaba, which is the greatest investor in fin-tech firm Paytm and furthermore backs online grocer BigBasket.
It was additionally revealed that the Chinese tech giant was forced to put on hold its plans to invest in Indian organizations following the border strains.
The Indian government’s huge number of application boycotts has likewise influenced the plans of other Chinese tech giants, for example, Byte Dance and Tencent in the past, as they additionally confronted similar pressure in the United States.