Highlights:

  • China said India’s action of banning 118 more Chinese apps breaks WTO rules.
  • India banned 118 more Chinese linked mobile apps.
  • China requests India to correct their wrongdoings.

India’s moving action of banning 118 Chinese apps, along with popular online gaming app PUBG was opposed by China. China contended that it is not helpful to Indian users nor to their businesses and affirmed it overstepped WTO rules.

The Indian side is misusing the image of ‘national security’ and accepted biased prohibitive measures against Chinese companies by breaking pertinent World Trade Organisation rules, said spokesman Gao at a Commerce Ministry briefing in Beijing, as an answer to a question on India’s ban on Chinese apps. China requests India to correct their wrongdoings.

State-run CGTN quoted Gao’s statement that China-India financial and business collaboration is reciprocally useful. The two nations will maintain together with the hard-won commitment and uplifted condition and make an open and equitable business domain for worldwide shareholders, investors, and service providers, including Chinese organizations, he hoped.

According to a statement of spokesperson, Hua Chunying at a Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing, no one will gain from such action. She added, by banning those hi-tech, easy-to-use, and popular apps, the Indian side is abandoning the rights and attentiveness of the Indian users, and vandalizing those of Chinese app companies.

On September 2, India banned 118 more Chinese linked mobile apps because of data privacy concerns of users and a warning to national security. The number of banned apps in India has now risen to 224. India took this decision amid fresh border tensions with China in eastern Ladakh.

A statement from the Electronics and IT Ministry had said, the Government blocks 118 mobile apps because they are harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and the security of the state.

According to an official government release, the 118 latest banned Chinese apps involve Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, Alipay, Tencent Watchlist, FaceU, WeChat reading, Government WeChat, Tencent Weiyun, APUS Launcher Pro, APUS Security, Cut Cut, ShareSave by Xiaomi, and CamCard, besides PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.

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