Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deleted China’s Weibo app account as tension between two countries over border-dispute continue to escalate.
“According to the requirements of the other party and the relevant community rules, Weibo has now closed the Weibo account, which was previously certified as the “Prime Minister of the Republic of India," said Weibo.
The move came after the tensions between India and China over border-dispute continued to grow when 20 Indian solders were killed in a border clash with Chinese troops.
In retaliation, on June 29, India banned 59 Chinese Apps, including TikTok citing 'national security concerns.'
"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," said the Indian Ministry of Information Technology, in a statement. “These measures have been undertaken since there is credible information that these apps are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order."
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is one of the most popular online platforms in India with more than 120 million users.
Reacting to the ban, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi said that they are 'seriously concerned' with this move.
"India's measure, selectively and discriminatorily aims at certain Chinese apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds, runs against fair and transparent procedure requirements, abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules," said spokesperson Ji Rong. "It also goes against the general trend of international trade and E-commerce, and is not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India."
The U.S. has also weighed-in on the ban, siding with India.
“We welcome India’s ban on certain mobile apps that can serve as an appendage of the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) surveillance State. India’s clean app approach will boost India’s sovereignty. It will also boost India’s integrity and national security," said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday.