Why is the Indian Government banning Chinese Apps?

India Nov 30, 2020

We have all comforted a friend saying PUBG is a Korean app and won’t be banned. We have also rejoiced when we realized we don’t have to pay for our girlfriend’s shopping from Shein. Be it happy memories or not, the whole nation was shaken when the government decided to ban an ample of Chinese applications.

Why did we resort to such extreme means?

The government of India has banned 118 more Chinese apps including TikTok and Camscanner over privacy concerns, news agency ANI has reported. Experts say “The 118 Chinese apps have been banned for allegedly engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”

On 15 June, Indian and Chinese troops clashed for six hours in a steep section of a mountainous region in the Galwan Valley and resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers. For years, China has supported Pakistan in its terrorism activities, supplying it with intelligence reports, weaponry, and satellite facilities against India. It has also been encroaching into the Indian Territory.

Impact on china

The Chinese government is accusing Indian Governments' step of banning Chinese apps in India as a discriminatory measure and violation of World Trade Organization Rules. Ironically China has itself banned foreign sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp calling it internet censorship.

Several app companies who were making humongous profits from the Indian Users have suffered a high loss. Tik Tok's parent Byte Dance Ltd. told a local court that it was losing roughly $15 million a month due to the ban, according to a Reuters report.

Impact on India

Indians have loved these apps as they are easy to access and useful. But losing them will fuel Indian developers and startups to build similar apps without the fear of competition. It will generate good domestic revenue and in-turn uplift the economy.

Conclusion

This move by the government was welcomed with open arms by the citizens. It gave us hope that that the government will not sit quietly if the other country seems like a prospect threat against India. This virtual war is India’s way of standing up against oppression. It is an act of smart revenge against the Chinese government for mishandling the Indian user's data.

There are far too many positives than otherwise of this ban. It should be encouraged and Indians should make sure to not use illegal methods to continue using these applications.

This article has been written by Amritsawan Bhanja for The Paradigm

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