After the day India banned 59 Chinese-linked devices, China expressed concern about the action and said it “verifying the situation”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday said, “China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation,” in response to India’s decision on the ban of 59 Chinese apps, ANI reported. The suspension also arrived with Chinese forces in the midst of the ongoing stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in east Ladakh. Among the59 banned apps including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.
Reacting to India’s ban of the Chinese apps at a Chinese Foreign Ministry said, “I want to stress that the Chinese government always asks the Chinese businesses to abide by international rules, local laws and regulations in their business cooperation with foreign countries.”
“The Indian government has the responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the international investors including the Chinese ones,” he added.
India’s Information Technology Ministry said on Monday that it has invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act and rules, and has decided to block 59 apps in view of information available that they are “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, and security of state and public order”.
The move will “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”, the ministry said in a statement. The genuine backyard story of privacy of the users is yet not revealed by the government.
“Such pattern has been artificially undermined and it is not in the interest of the Indian side,” Zhao added.
The list of apps that have been banned by India also include Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory, Shein and many more. The IT ministry statement also said that it has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
“The compilation of these data, it’s mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement said.
In a recent update, reported, TikTok India head Nikhil Gandhi says that the company will meet with government authorities to discuss the issue and submit clarifications. In a statement issued via TikTok’s official social handles, Gandhi has confirmed that it is currently in the process of complying with what the company has termed an “interim” ban order. The Bytedance-owned short video form app is claimed to comply with all privacy requirements, and that it does not share information with the Chinese government.