The Indian government has just banned 47 Chinese applications in addition to the 59 already banned, including the popular TikTok, according to the Daily Mail.
The decision comes less than a month after the initial ban on 59 Chinese applications following the June 15 conflict between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and India in the northern region of Ladakh where the CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers killed 20 Indian soldiers.
While there was no official statement regarding the ban, nor was there a list of all the applications to be banned, the Indian media has reported extensively on the measure.
“The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” the government had said in a statement on June 29.
Tension between the CCP and India has escalated since the June 15 incident because a photo of the weapon used by the PLA to kill Indian soldiers and then mutilate their bodies was circulated on Internet. The number of deaths of Chinese soldiers, if any, has not been reported.
Indian citizens took to the streets to demonstrate their outrage with posters calling for a boycott of “made in China” products and photos of leader Xi Jinping crossed out.
India is not the only country taking action. On July 14, the UK announced that it will exclude the state-owned communications company Huawei from the 5G network following recommendations made by the United States for national security reasons.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution on July 23 to ban TikTok from federal employees and the measure is expected to be extended to other sectors.
The CCP has been increasingly cornered for its bad behavior and for using Chinese applications and devices to hack into systems, and spy on and steal information from other countries.
The recent closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston was allegedly in response to hacks made by Chinese agents residing in that consulate, including a U.S. laboratory investigating the CCP Virus vaccine.
This latest move by President Trump’s administration is seen by experts as one of the most drastic and daring since the United States began holding the CCP accountable for its crimes.