CNN: India bans more Chinese apps as tensions remain high
Sat November, 2020, Age: 2 years
India has banned 43 more Chinese apps, drawing rebuke from the Chinese government and further straining already tense relations between the world’s two most populous countries. In total, Indian officials have now banned more than 200 Chinese apps (including the super-popular social media platform TikTok) in the last two months. “We firmly oppose the Indian side’s repeated use of ‘national security’ as an excuse to prohibit some mobile apps with Chinese background,” Ji Rong, spokesperson for China’s embassy in India, said on Wednesday. In addition to its oppressive censorship practices, China’s so-called Great Firewall bans its domestic audiences from accessing a number of Western media and technology companies. Since the implementation of a controversial 2015 Cybersecurity Law, China has also maintained a so-called cyber sovereignty principle, in contrast to the free and open Internet that is supported by Western democracies. The principle has also been adopted by countries such as India, Russia, and Vietnam.