The Government of India has issued an order to ban 54 Chinese apps mentioning that these applications pose a threat to national security. The 54 Chinese apps include Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Chess, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock, Dual Space Lite, Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Equalizer & Bass Booster, CamCard for SalesForce Ent, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite and Viva Video Editor among others.
Last year in the month of June, India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including TikTok, WeChat, and Helo. Most of apps banned in the June 29 order were red-flagged by intelligence agencies over concerns that they were collecting user data. The decision was taken after 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese soldiers were killed during violent clashes in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh amid border tensions with China.
The government in September again blocked 118 Chinese mobile apps. India was opposed by China for the decision to continue the ban on Chinese mobile apps and said the action was in violation of the World Trade Organisation’s non-discriminatory principles.