India’s ban on TikTok and other apps draws sharp China rebuke Jul 01, 2020 0 219 12345 DPANew DelhiIndia has banned 59 mobile apps with Chinese links on grounds they present a danger to the country’s national security, drawing a sharp rebuke from Beijing.New Delhi’s decision came against the backdrop of an ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces in the Himalayan border region of Ladakh. Clashes on June 15 left 20 Indian soldiers dead.Many popular apps like TikTok, WeChat, Shareit and BigoLive were banned.The Information Technology Ministry said the apps were “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” It said there were “raging concerns” about data security and safeguarding the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians. The ministry said it had received “many complaints from various sources” about apps that were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner.” By Tuesday morning, Beijing headquartered tech-giant ByteDance’s TikTok and Helo apps were removed from the Apple App store and the Google Play store.Beijing said it was “strongly concerned” about the development.Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that India had a responsibility to safeguard the rights and interests of Chinese companies in accordance with market principles.“The cooperation between China and India in a pragmatic field is mutually beneficial and win-win. This cooperation pattern has been artificially damaged and it is actually not compatible with India’s own interest,” he said.The Chinese companies had been invited to submit clarifications to the government, which will decide whether the ban can be removed or will stay.Among the apps banned by India include the microblogging service Weibo, Alibaba’s UC Browser and e-ecommerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein.The ban on Chinese apps comes amid widespread outrage and protests across India after the fighting in Ladakh in which Indian soldiers were attacked by Chinese troops by batons studded with nails and stones.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under increasing public pressure to ban Chinese businesses. Chinese mobiles have a major share in the Indian smartphone market.India is also said to be TikTok’s biggest international market with an estimated 120 million users, reports said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Xi signs contentious Hong Kong national security law Jul 01, 2020 0 339 Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial Jul 01, 2020 0 219 Taiwan says ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong has proven failed Jul 01, 2020 0 14 Philippine panel ‘quietly’ reviewing thousands of drug war deaths DPA Manila/Geneva The Philippine government has been “quietly” reviewing more than 5,000 deaths that occurred during its aggressive years-long crackdown on drugs, the country’s justice minister said Tuesday. In .. Pakistan PM blames India for stock exchange attack AFP Islamabad Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday blamed India for a deadly attack on the stock exchange in Karachi, saying there was “no doubt” who was responsible. “Our security forces fought and thwarted a .. New Zealand says APEC 2021 to be virtual summit AFP Wellington The annual APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders will be virtual next year to avoid travel risks associated with the global coronavirus pandemic, 2021 hosts New Zealand said Tuesday. Foreign Minister .. UN blames Afghan forces for deadly market shellig Kabul The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday blamed Afghan forces for firing mortar shells that struck a busy market in a southern province, killing at least 23 civilians. “UNAMA’s .. Two dead, four hospitalised after gas leak in India pharma plant New Delhi At least two workers were killed and four more hospitalized after a gas leak at a pharmaceutical plant in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Tuesday. The incident occurred at the plant of .. Chinese researchers warn of new swine flu with potential for pandemic DPA Beijing Scientists in China have identified a variant of the swine flu virus that has the potential to develop into a human pandemic. The team led by George Gao from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ..