India’s latest ban on Chinese apps casts shadow over mainland tech firms’ global ambitions

By Ann CaoTracy Qu

Indian authorities have banned 54 more Chinese-linked apps, citing security concerns, according to a local news report. Geopolitical tensions and value differences have contributed to India’s continuous scrutiny of Chinese apps, analyst says. — SCMP

India’s latest move to ban more Chinese apps points to worsening prospects for tech companies from China operating in the South Asian nation, analysts said.

The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has placed 54 Chinese-linked apps on its ban list citing security concerns, The Economic Times reported on Monday, including those owned by Chinese tech giants Tencent Holdings, NetEase, and South China Morning Post owner Alibaba Group Holding. They add to more than 200 Chinese apps that have been barred from use in India over the past two years.

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