The Indian government tightens its rules on Chinese companies investing in India as it continues to ban 47 Chinese applications operating as clones to the 59 Chinese apps banned last June.
In the wake of banning Tiktok, the government orchestrated another bold move of blocking 47 more applications on Friday that operates as variations or clone of the previously blocked apps. These banned applications were lighter versions that were made available for smartphones with limited memory. Sources say that it eyes to review 250 more Chinese developed apps that may affect national interest and security of the country.
The full list of the 47 cloned China-owned applications was yet to be released by the government but local news outlets said some of the apps are Tiktok lite, Shareit Lite, and Camscanner advance among others.
Indian app developers, who make Indian alternatives from these Chinese apps, supported the directive imposed by the government. They would like to push users to shift on Indian-developed applications that keep user data safe and secure, features lacking on the Chinese developed apps.
Chingari CEO and co-founder Sumit Ghosh said in an interview with a local news media that this is a very good move by the Indian government and Prime Minister Modi. The Indian citizens for him need to be very concerned about data security and it must be within India only just like what they have been doing in their company. Their company decided not to take any funds from China nor use any of its technology for its app.
India amended it's General Financial Rules 2017, making it a bit of a challenge for China to be a part of its government procurement process. India pushed, on the grounds of defense and national security, restrictions on their neighboring countries from bidding on public contracts.
The tension sprung from the deadly clash last June 15 at the Line Of Actual Contol in Eastern Ladakh which cost the lives of 20 Indian soldiers. This violent encounter triggered many Indians to boycott Chinese goods and services aiming at its dominant tech industry.