Pompeo Welcomes India's Decision to Ban Chinese Apps

Ruben Fields
July 2, 2020

Earlier this week, India blocked 59 Chinese apps including ByteDance's TikTok citing national security concerns in a move that some saw as retaliation.

The state-backed media outlet twitted: "The loss of Chinese internet company ByteDance - the mother company of Tik Tok - could be as high as Dollars 6 billion after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including Tik Tok, following deadly border clash between Indian and Chinese troops last month".

The list of apps that have been banned by India also include Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call - Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.

China had expressed concerns over India's decision to ban 59 apps developed by Chinese firms and stressed that New Delhi has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of worldwide investors including Chinese. "It will also boost India's integrity and national security", he said. TikTok, the most popular app among the 59 apps blocked by India, has been particularly hit by New Delhi's order.

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Commending the Mitron team, Pranav Pai, Managing Partner, 3one4 Capital, said: "We are happy to be working with the MitronTV team to help build a grounds-up social video experience for India".

Mayer's address to his employees comes a day after TikTok pulled its app from Google Play Store and Apple's App Store in India and revoked existing users in the world's second largest internet market from accessing its service. It held discussions with a Mumbai-based law firm on Tuesday on how the government ban could be challenged in courts, they said.

TikTok has been facing backlash in India for several weeks as an anti-China sentiment gains pace in the nation.

"It's because of the current border tension between India and China", Rohatgi said, adding, "It won't be right to appear for a Chinese company". All that stands to change with the government's ban on Chinese apps.

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