India is becoming, like the US, a real battlefront for everything that comes from China at a technological level, due to geopolitical tensions between the two neighboring nations.
The country has just vetoed a new batch of mobile applications linked in some way to Mandarin territory, according to TechCrunch echoes.
Specifically, it has banned 118 apps , including the Baidu search engine, the We Chat Work business collaboration suite, the Tencent Weiyun cloud storage service, the Mobile TaoBao e-commerce service, the video hosting service. Youko, CamCard card reading service, Alipay payment service, AppLock , as well as some popular games, such as Rise of Kingdoms and PUBG Mobile battle royale . The full list is available here.
The latter is by far the most popular app affected by the ban. Distributed by Chinese giant Tencent, PUBG Mobile is estimated to have more than 40 million active users in India , according to Sensor Tower, accounting for more than a quarter of all its installations.
How does India justify this massive veto? Its IT minister has pointed out that the apps were “detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, its defense, state security and public order .” The official says that the decision will help “safeguard the interests of tens of millions of Indian Internet and mobile users. It is a specific movement to guarantee the security, protection and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace ”, he insists.
“The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about the misuse of some mobile applications available on the Android and iOS platforms to steal and surreptitiously transmit user data in an unauthorized manner. to servers that have locations outside of India ”, the Indian ministry has justified in a statement.
This measure comes after New Delhi vetoed 59 apps of Chinese origin , including the popular TikTok , which had its largest market outside the Chinese borders in the country governed by Narendra Modi.