India plans to ban 54 Chinese apps that pose threat to the country’s security, government sources said today.
The apps which would be banned include – Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera,Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock and Dual Space Lite.
In June last year, India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including the widely-used social media platforms such as TikTok, WeChat, and Helo citing a threat to the nation’s sovereignty and security.
Nearly 300 apps have been blocked in India since border tensions with China in May 2020.
The first round of bans was announced in June 2020, days after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.
The eastern Ladakh border standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake areas and both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.
The tension had escalated following a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15 that year.