India has banned 59 mostly Chinese mobile phone apps after a border crisis erupted between the two countries.
The banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser WeChat and Bigo Live, as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein, the Ministry of Information said Monday.
Earlier this month, a physical fight broke out between the two sides with soldiers using batons and throwing stones, which resulted in India losing 20 soldiers. China and India have blamed each other for the clash.
Both countries have been locked in a standoff for weeks with both accusing each other of trespassing into the other’s territory.
The apps “are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”, the ministry added, calling the ban “a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”.
India has long accused China for flooding the country with cheap imports. Chinese mobiles have an almost 65% share in the local smartphone market.