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  • November 24, 2020
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India Bans 43 More Chinese Apps

After banning dozens of apps including the popular TikTok in July, the government of India has announced a ban on…

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

After banning dozens of apps including the popular TikTok in July, the government of India has announced a ban on 43 more Chinese apps, citing cybersecurity concerns and asserting that the apps are “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

The freshly banned apps span various categories including social apps, e-commerce and payments apps, dating apps, and games. They are listed in full below;

  • AliSuppliers Mobile App
  • Alibaba Workbench
  • AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
  • Alipay Cashier
  • Lalamove India – Delivery App
  • Drive with Lalamove India
  • Snack Video
  • CamCard – Business Card Reader
  • CamCard – BCR (Western)
  • Soul- Follow the soul to find you
  • Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
  • Date in Asia – Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
  • WeDate-Dating App
  • Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
  • Adore App
  • TrulyChinese – Chinese Dating App
  • TrulyAsian – Asian Dating App
  • ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
  • DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
  • AsianDate: find Asian singles
  • FlirtWish: chat with singles
  • Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
  • Tubit: Live Streams
  • WeWorkChina
  • First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
  • Rela – Lesbian Social Network
  • Cashier Wallet
  • MangoTV
  • MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP
  • WeTV – TV version
  • WeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama&More
  • WeTV Lite
  • Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
  • Taobao Live
  • DingTalk
  • Identity V
  • Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
  • BoxStar (Early Access)
  • Heroes Evolved
  • Happy Fish
  • Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!
  • Munchkin Match: magic home building
  • Conquista Online II

Earlier in July, India banned dozens of Chinese apps including the popular TikTok, WeChat, and the UC Browser. Notably, several major Chinese tech firms including Tencent, ByteDance, and Alibaba were affected. Now again, Alibaba and Tencent have been significantly affected, with six Alibaba apps freshly banned alongside three Tencent apps.

Tensions between India and China rose this year after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese military forces in the Himalayas mountain range in June. Since then, “Boycott China” has widely trended on Indian social media as a significant number of people have posted videos depicting the destruction of Chinese-made products.

In addition to banning apps, the Indian government has also adjusted its foreign investment policy and now requires explicit permission from the government before Chinese firms are allowed to invest in Indian companies.

Notably, India has long been a neighboring market to China, whereas Chinese firms have ploughed billions of dollars into Indian startups. Companies like Alibaba and Tencent have made big investments in India in recent years but may now find it hard to continue doing so. 

It’s such that rising tensions between China and India could significantly affect the startup scene in India.

Photo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi|by World Economic Forum is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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