Right Now Times: The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular tick talk among the youth.
The government has banned these Chinese apps, saying they pose a threat to India’s sovereignty and security. The ban comes at a time when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a bloody clash between India and China in the Ladakh region in the middle of this month.
Right Now Times: India’s Ministry of Information Technology on Monday evening issued an order banning 59 Chinese apps, including Tick Talk, Share It, Club Factory, UC Browser, WeChat and BagLive.
Right Now Times: The ministry said in a statement that “concerns were already being raised about the data protection of billions of citizens outside the country, but now there were many complaints about data misuse.” It was now felt that these apps were a threat to India’s integrity and sovereignty, state security and law and order.
Right Now Times: This is India’s first major technical and economic blow to China in the current border clash with China. Following the tension, a campaign to boycott Chinese goods is underway in India. The campaign has the direct support of the government, but the ban on Chinese apps is India’s first major official move against China.
It is noteworthy that China is India’s largest trading partner. Over the past few years, major Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, TR Capital and Hill House have invested billions of dollars in India.
Right Now Times: Many investors and economists in the country say that if the Indian government decides to boycott Chinese companies, it could hurt India more than China.
Negotiations with China
Right Now Times: The Indian government has decided to ban Chinese mobile apps at a time when top military officials of the two countries will hold talks on Tuesday morning in the Indian region of LAC near Lake Pengong in eastern Ladakh. This conversation is taking place at Choshal. Lieutenant General level officials from both sides will hold talks. The talks are the third since early June to push back troops from both countries.
On the night of June 15, there was a bloody clash between the forces of the two countries in the Gulwan Valley. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed and more than 70 were injured. China has not said how many troops it has injured or killed.
Right Now Times: Military activity has increased in the border region of Ladakh since the clash. There are reports of increased troop deployments on both sides. China and India have banned journalists from traveling to the region. Authorities in India have not allowed journalists to travel beyond Leh, the regional capital of Ladakh. The only source of news is the army and government officials.
Right Now Times: Amid the border dispute between China and India, two orders issued by the Center-administered Jammu and Kashmir administration have created an atmosphere of panic and anxiety.
The orders ask oil companies to stockpile LPG cylinders for two months.
Right Now Times: In another order, a senior Ganderbal police official ordered the evacuation of 16 educational institutions, including middle and high schools, for security forces. Officials later clarified that the preparations were being made in connection with the Shri Amarnath Yatra starting next month. But many see the move against the backdrop of rising border tensions between India and China.