As tensions keep getting heightened between the two most populous nations in the world, India has banned an additional 43 Chinese apps.
India, which is the world’s second-largest internet market, has previously banned about 175 apps with links to the neighbouring nation.
With the latest addition, the number of Chinese Apps banned by the Indian government, has risen north of 200.
As with the previous encounters, India’s I.T. minister cited cyber security concerns as the reason for the actions taken against the apps.
“This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” India’s IT Ministry in a statement.
Several Chinese e-commerce giant – Alibaba’s – apps, including shopping platform AliExpress, workplace messaging tool – DingTalk and streaming site, Taobao Live, made it to the list of 43 recently banned apps.
In response to the updated move by the Indian government, Chinese embassy said Beijing has always required Chinese companies operating overseas to abide by international rules and comply with local laws.
A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry called on Indian authorities to “safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of international investors, including Chinese companies.”
The spokesperson further added that the “Indian side should immediately correct this discriminatory practice, so as to not bring more damage to the cooperation between the two sides.”
Straining ties between both India and China escalated after more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a military clash in the Himalayas in June.
The death of the military personnel has resulted in social media outrage, and the call to “boycott China” has become a trending topic on India’s social media space.
A number of people have posted videos where Chinese made smartphones, TVs and other products, were destroyed.
TechCrunch reports that Indian government has effected a change to its foreign investment policy that requires Chinese investors to take approval from New Delhi before they could write new checks to Indian firms.
This move has resulted in a significant reduction in Chinese investors’ presence in Indian startups.