The Indian government on June 29 said it’ll ban 59 Chinese apps. The step has been taken because of the ongoing India-China standoff at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh.
In a deadly clash between the two armies, 20 Indian soldiers were martyred on June 15 night. Since then the anti-China anger has been on the rise among the Indians.
While India has been standing firm on its statement that the Chinese troops first violated the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China says it was the Indian troops that provoked the clash.
The ongoing standoff started due to a road that the Indian Army is building to assess a remote airbase. Military analysts say, even though the airbase is on the Indian side of the LAC, the Chinese side has been trying to frustrate these efforts by the Indian Army to try and upgrade, and build up its military capabilities in that area.
It’s a very significant escalation because it marked the first loss of life since the border war in 1967.
The India mobile apps market has been dominated by the Chinese apps like Tik Tok, Shareit and UC Browser. The short video app TikTok has the maximum number of users in India, followed by China and the US.
TikTok was ranking at #5 in top-ten free applications on Apple’s AppStore in India before the scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops. A month later it slipped down to number 10.
According to the analytics firm Sensor Tower, out of the 2 billion TikTok users, India alone has over 611 million downloads. The report revealed that TikTok’s surge in popularity was due to the coronavirus pandemic. People found TikTok to be most entertaining and engaging in quarantine.