China recently said that it is concerned about the Indian government blocking about 59 mostly Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat. And the Indian government said it was ‘verifying’ the situation.
China is severely concerned, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated recently. He also told reporters during a briefing that India has a responsibility to uphold the rights of Chinese businesses, India banned Bytedance’s wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat. Also, the apps blocked by the government last evening also have Alibaba’s UC Browser and two of Xiaomi’s apps in the list
The apps are ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order, said the IT Ministry. Google and Apple have removed these apps from the play store as well as the app store. The companies have invited to offer clarifications before a government panel. Further, it will decide whether the ban can be revoked or will stay.
Tik Tok’s Statement
TikTok said it was in the process of complying with the government order. Also, ‘continued to comply with data privacy and security requirements under Indian law’.
In a statement given recently, it also said it did not share any information of users in India. And with any foreign government. These include the Chinese government’. It also states that if they are requested to in the future, they will not do so
Repercussions Of The Decision
The decision to disallow certain apps ‘is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, said the Ministry of IT. The ministry said it had received complaints alleging theft of user data and violations of user privacy. India is the biggest driver of the TikTok app. And the ban will be a big stumbling block for its owner Bytedance. It had plans to invest $1 billion in the country.
Anti-China sentiment has been simmering in India since the June 15 clash in Ladakh. And this killed 20 Indian soldiers in the line of duty. There have been calls for banning Chinese businesses, which reportedly export goods worth nearly $60 billion to India.