Tiktok, Reuters and other foreign media 26 days ago, the Ministry of electronics and information technology of India announced the latest announcement that it will permanently ban 59 mobile phone apps in China, including TikTok (overseas version of voice), Baidu, Wechat (WeChat) and UC browser, in June this year.
Livemint in India quoted a source as saying the notice was issued last week. According to the times of India, the permanent ban comes after Indian officials from the Ministry of electronics and information technology have responded to various queries raised by the Indian government, including their data collection and processing methods, as well as issues surrounding data security and privacy.
The times of India also mentioned this in its report, saying that since June last year, the Indian government has taken “unprecedented” actions against 267 apps (different batches). India’s Ministry of electronic information technology announced on June 29 last year that 59 Chinese apps, including tiktok, wechat and microblog, would be banned. On July 28, India’s Ministry of electronic information technology said that the Indian government has decided to launch a second round of decision to ban Chinese Internet programs, involving 47 programs developed by Chinese companies. On September 2 of the same year, India’s Ministry of electronics and information technology announced that 118 Chinese mobile applications, including Baidu search, would be banned. Then, on November 24, the Ministry of electronics and information technology of India announced again that 43 mobile applications with Chinese background, such as global express and nailing, would be banned.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at that time that China was seriously concerned about the Indian statement. The Chinese Embassy in India has also made a statement on this. Since June, the Indian side has banned mobile applications with Chinese background for four consecutive times on the pretext of maintaining national security. The relevant measures are obviously contrary to market principles and WTO rules and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, which China firmly opposes.
Ji Rong, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in India, also said that China firmly opposes India’s repeated use of “national security” as an excuse to ban mobile applications with Chinese background. Ji Rong said that the Chinese government has always required Chinese overseas enterprises to abide by international rules, operate legally and in accordance with regulations, and respect public order and good customs. It hopes that India can provide a fair, just and non discriminatory business environment for market entities including China to invest and operate in India, and rectify this discriminatory practice in violation of WTO rules. Ji Rong said that China and India do not pose a threat to each other and are each other’s development opportunities. The two sides should, on the basis of dialogue and consultation, make Sino Indian Economic and trade relations return to the right path of benefiting the people of the two countries and achieving mutual benefit and win-win results.