India has banned 118 new Chinese apps, including the popular mobile game PUBG.
On Sept. 2, India's IT Ministry released a statement announcing the ban.
"In the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of the State. And using the sovereign powers, the Government of India has decided to block the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices," the statement reads.
Of the banned apps, PUBG is the most popular, with more than 40 million monthly active users in India. Chinese tech giant Tencent TME owns PUBG.
Alipay and Baidu are other banned names on the list.
"The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology 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 statement read. “There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens."
India has been retaliating against China since it lost 20 soldiers in a clash with Chinese forces in June. On Saturday, India lost another soldier to the ongoing conflict, which prompted India to make today's move.
Earlier in June, India banned TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps citing "national security concerns."
Reacting to the initial ban of Chinese apps in India, China said it was “strongly concerned."
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