Due to the increasing tension on the LAC(Indo-China border), and the brutal stand-off between the two armies of the countries, India has finally taken a huge step by banning 59 Chinese mobile applications.
This step will be a huge setback for Chinese mobile application companies like TikTok, as most of them had a huge userbase in India. Reportedly, in 2019, when TikTok was banned from the Indian market for a short time frame, TikTok lost $500,000 per day. Now, in 2020 the user base of TikTok has grown tremendously in India and this news must have come like a nightmare for the Chinese app parent company Bytedance.
Since a long time now, Indo-China relationships were stiff due to the unethical practices of China in the border areas.
After the stand-off in Ladakh, Galwan Ghati, the tension rose to a higher extent. The violent clash between the two armies in the Ghati let to several casualties on both sides. Several, Indian-brave-soldiers martyred due to the pre-planned and pre-calculated attack by the Chinese army, on Indian soldiers. It was reported that the soldiers on the China border were pre-planning the attack on the Indian army and was ready with bulletproof vests and weaponry like spike fitted bats and other arms. Several Indian soldiers body was discovered, with brutal marks of pointed weapons on their bodies. However, the Indian-brave-soldiers fought valiantly and reported to kill more Chinese soldiers, for their evil intent and foul behaviour with there bare hands.
The Chinese president disregarded any facts of the Chinese invasion in the Indian borders and didn’t even disclose the casualties on Chinese military front.
The deaths of Indian soldiers brought a wave of anger and distrust in India for China.
The world is still fighting with the Coronavirus which originated in the city of Wuhan, China. Several countries around the world, have registered their distrust against China. They accused China of the widespread of this deadly virus which has infected millions of people across the globe. This virus leads to a large number of casualties rate in almost every country.
US President, Donald Trump has clearly stated that China’s intention regarding the spread of the virus was not fair. The USA is in a trade war against China. Almost, every foreign company in China has decided to shift its manufacturing base from China. Many companies already started moving to other countries like Vietnam and India.
The security advisor of US national security, Robert O’Brian stated that the Communist Party of China(CPC) is using its mobile application for spreading its Ideology around the world.
Countries like Australia have already demanded an investigation against China, to know more about the origin stories of the COVID virus!
To show its dominance in the world, and divert attention from itself, China started creating tension on its borders. In the process, China made several foul moves in the pacific ocean and on theLAC of Ladakh. With strong leadership, Indian soldiers fought valiantly against the soldiers of China. They reminded China about the strength and valour of the soldiers, of the Indian army!
People Inside the borders of India showed their distress and demanded #BoycottChineseApllications and #BoycottChineseGoods!
Also, the intelligence agencies warned the Indian government about a potential threat from some of the Chinese applications. As recently, Australia suffered from a massive Cyberattack and suspected China behind it.
In a press release by the Indian government, following statement was issued, “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.
The government also stated, “The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,”
According to the government, the move is to “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users”.
The relation between Australia and China is critical. Since, Australia was among the countries, which strongly suspected ill-intent of China behind Corona widespread and also, lead a team of countries, which supported the probe in China, for the spread of Coronavirus.
After the government declared the ban on Chinese application in India, the wave of happiness spread across the country! People started sharing the news on different social media platforms. The news portals started portraying the list of the applications which are banned! Even the meme community in India showed a keen interest in the news. Several memes started surfacing the platforms!
Following is the list of application banned by the Indian government: