Chinese Apps Ban by India That Includes TikTok, WeChat

On monday evening, the Indian government announced that it was placing a ban on apps developed by Chinese firms numbering 50 over concerns that the applications were involved in activities that could threaten defence of India and national security, hence capable of interfering with the integrity and sovereignty of India. The ban is one of the latest in the ongoing standoff between India and China.

Although the Indian government has cited cybersecurity issues as the main reasons for blocking the apps from one of the world’s largest markets, a top Indian official said the ban was imposed because the apps might have been used to harm India’s defenses, as well as to send a message to China.

Some of the apps banned by the Indian government include TikTok, which unarguably india as its largest overseas market, UC News and UC Browser from Alibaba Group’s, CM browser, Shareit, ES File Explorer and Club Factory, among others.

Without a doubt, this move comes as a setback to China’s Digital goals thus negatively affecting the value of such companies. Besides, it could also lead to more nations taking steps against such apps.

Furthermore, the ban on these apps might not be unconnected to the clash between the Chinese and Indian armies over the Himalayan mountains border disputes. This ban makes it the first time that India will be ordering the ban several simultaneously.

chinese apps ban by india

Just recently, India became the country with the largest number of new TikTok users in the world thus accounting for about 20% of the app’s downloads with the U.S. following with about 9.3%.

Although all the banned apps are still available on both the Google Play store and Apple app store, it is still presently unclear how the Indian government plans to enforce the ban on the apps.

This move from India will certainly deepen the ongoing tensions between India and China. Recall that 20 Indian soldiers were murdered by Chinese troops in a clash over border control.

Here’s the complete list of the apps banned:

1. TikTok

2. Kwai

3. Shareit

4. Shein

5. UC Browser

6. Baidu map

7. Clash of Kings

8. Helo

9. DU battery saver

10. YouCam makeup

11. Likee

12. Mi Community

13. Virus Cleaner

14. CM Browers


16. APUS Browser

17. Newsdog

18. Qutry Plus

19. Club Factory

20. UC News


22. QQ Mail

23. Xender

24. Weibo

25. QQ Newsfeed

26. QQ Music

27. SelfieCity

28. Mail Master

29. Parallel Space

30. Bigo Live

31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi

32. ES File Explorer

33. WeSync

34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc

35. Vigo Video

36. Meitu

37. New Video Status

38. Vault- Hide

39. DU Recorder 

40. DU Browser

41. Cache Cleaner DU App studio

42. DU Cleaner

43. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile

44. Cam Scanner

45. Hago Play With New Friends

46. Photo Wonder

47. Wonder Camera

48. We Meet

49. QQ Player

50. Baidu Translate

51. Sweet Selfie

52. QQ International

53. Vmate

54. QQ Launcher

55. QQ Security Center

56. V fly Status Video

57. U Video

58. DU Privacy

59. Mobile Legends


chinese apps ban by india

Overall, although the Indian government has cited insecurity as its major reason for the ban on these apps, the effect of such an action will come with a ripple effect. 

Even more, the apps will be expected to depreciate in value since India is one of its largest markets. Besides, more countries are also likely to join in placing bans on apps from countries that are having tensions with.

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