China criticizes India’s latest ban on 54 other Chinese mobile apps

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China on Thursday criticized India’s latest decision to block access to 54 other Chinese mobile apps over security and privacy concerns, saying the move harmed the legitimate interests of Chinese companies.

India on Monday blocked 54 other apps with Chinese links, including Tencent Xriver, Nice Video baidu, Viva Video Editor and gaming app Garena Free Fire Illuminate.

Chinese apps would obtain various critical permissions and collect sensitive user data. The collected real-time data is misused and transmitted to servers in a hostile country, Indian sources said, adding that the IT ministry has issued interim instructions for blocking 54 apps.

Reacting to New Delhi’s decision, China’s Ministry of Commerce urged India to improve its business environment and treat all foreign investors, including Chinese companies, in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner.

Commerce Ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said relevant Indian authorities have taken a series of measures to crack down on Chinese companies and their products in India, which have seriously undermined their legitimate rights and interests.

“China has expressed serious concerns about this,” state media quoted Gao as saying.

Gao said China and India are inseparable neighbors and important economic and trade partners for each other. In 2021, bilateral trade volume between China and India reached $125.7 billion, a 43 percent year-on-year increase.

“The economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has strong resilience and great potential. It is hoped that the Indian side can take concrete steps to maintain the good momentum of developing bilateral economic and trade cooperation and benefit both countries.” , did he declare. .

Monday’s crackdown marks the first such measure taken this year after a massive swipe at Chinese apps in 2020.

As of June 2020, the government banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they undermined the country’s sovereignty, integrity and security. The ban followed Chinese aggression against India in eastern Ladakh.

Subsequently, the government banned another 47 Chinese apps that were clones and variants of the apps blocked earlier.

In September of the same year, the government blocked 118 other mobile apps, including the popular gaming app PUBG, calling them harmful to the sovereignty, integrity and defense of the nation.

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