NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Wednesday prohibited another 118 mobile apps consisting of Tencent Holdings’ popular videogame PUBG, as it stepped up the pressure on Chinese innovation companies following a standoff with Beijing at the border.
The list of 118 mainly Chinese apps also includes applications from Baidu and Xiaomi’s ShareSave.
The restriction was announced a day after a senior Indian official stated soldiers were deployed on four strategic hills after what New Delhi called an attempted Chinese incursion along a disputed Himalayan border.
Tencent decreased to comment on the statement and the Chinese embassy in New Delhi did not instantly respond to an ask for comment.
India’s technology ministry said the apps were a danger to India’s sovereignty and security.
These “apps collect and share information in a surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and details of users that can have a serious danger to the security of the state,” the ministry stated in a statement.
The ban is a blow for Tencent in India whose PUBG, a battle royale game, is a smash-hit in the nation. India ranks No. 1 in the world in terms of PUBG downloads, accounting for roughly 175 million installs, or 24 percent of the total, apps analytics firm SensorTower states.
India first banned 59 Chinese apps, consisting of ByteDance’s popular video-sharing app TikTok, Tencent’s WeChat and Alibaba’s UC Internet browser, in June.
That relocation, which India’s technology minister described as a “digital strike”, followed a skirmish with Chinese troops at a contested Himalayan border site in June when 20 Indian soldiers were eliminated.
Tensions have actually simmered in between New Delhi and Beijing ever given that and sources told Reuters last month of another restriction of 47 mainly clone apps.
India’s restrictions have actually stalled organization operations of several Chinese companies in India. They have also required Alibaba, a major backer of Indian tech startups, to put on hold all strategies to invest in the country for at least 6 months, Reuters reported in August.
Tech experts say there is a threat the sudden modification in the company environment will discourage Chinese financial investment more typically.
” The app bans not only provide an unfavorable signal to Chinese firms and financiers already in India, however even those waiting for a beneficial environment to invest in India might now withdraw now,” said Atul Pandey, a partner at law office Khaitan & Co who has actually encouraged a number of Chinese clients.
Extra reporting by Philip George, Chandini Monnappa and Pei Li; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Barbara Lewis
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