India blocks another 43 Chinese mobile apps, including AliExpress and TaoBao Live – ZDNet

India blocks another 43 Chinese mobile apps, including AliExpress and TaoBao Live – ZDNet

The Indian government has banned another 43 Chinese mobile apps on the grounds of national security, according to a government mandate released on Tuesday.

“This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said.

Among the apps banned on Tuesday were AliExpress and TaoBao Live.

Since June, India has been blocking citizens from using Chinese mobile apps following a border clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers where they fought each other with rocks and clubs. The clash resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and more than 75 being injured.

Also read: Despite brutal border clash between India and China, tech bonds will be very hard to break

The first set of bans were released a fortnight after the gruesome incident, with India blocking access to 59 Chinese mobile apps, which included TikTok, UC Browser, Weibo, and WeChat. 

The country then extended that ban to a further 118 Chinese mobile apps in September, with Baidu, Alipay, PUBG, and WeChat Work being among those additions.

With the latest round of bans issued on Tuesday, the total number of Chinese mobile apps banned is now 220.

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