Prime News, International/National, (Beijing/New Delhi), September 3:-Taking strong exception to India’s decision to ban 118 more Chinese apps, including the hugely popular online multiplayer game PUBG, amid a fresh stand-off between the neighbours, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday the “Indian actions violate the legal interests of Chinese investors and services providers and China asks India to correct its mistakes”.
“India has abused the concept of national security and adopted discriminatory restrictive measures against Chinese companies,” Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng told an online press briefing on Thursday.
China firmly opposes the measure, he said, urging India to “correct its wrong practices”.
Beijing also implied India had imposed the ban in the face of pressure from the United States, with foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warning on Thursday against “short-sighted” participation in US restrictions against Chinese technology.
The Indian government on Wednesday banned 118 mostly-Chinese mobile applications, including the popular online multiplayer game PUBG, after a fresh round of border confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
In a statement, the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology said the apps were banned as “they are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
This is the third round of crackdown by the government on Chinese-linked applications following the Galwan Valley clashes in June in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
Other apps banned on Wednesday include avatars of applications banned previously, like TikTok and WeChat, Youku, Baidu, Baidu Express and Ali Pay.
“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” said the ministry statement. It added that it has received many complaints from various sources, including reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms, for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers located outside India.
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” it said.
While the move was welcomed by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), it left several gamers upset and looking for Indian alternatives.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)