India blocked 59 Chinese smartphone applications in an unprecedented move on Monday (June 29), including TikTok, UC Browser and Cam Scanner among many others. A government statement said the apps are ‘engaged in activities that are harmful to India’s sovereignty and independence, India’s protection, state security, and public order.’
Although it is claimed that the Center chose to ban these apps because of continuing tensions at the Line of Actual Control between India and China, experts maintained that even if the relationship with China did not deteriorate, these apps would not have been permitted to operate in India.
These Chinese apps receive about 30-40 per cent of their revenue from India, according to an estimate. Famous Chinese app Tik Tok was looking to earn as much as India’s Rs 100 crore till September. But the decision of the Center to ban Tik Tok and other 58 Chinese apps will be a big blow to the strategy of Beijing to raise crores of Indian rupees.
China in Target
Those apps made Indian ‘s mind a political China colony. That is why India made an unparalleled ‘digital airstrike’ on soft power in China. Just as in 2019, by an airstrike on Balakot and surgical strike at PoK in 2016 India reacted strongly to Pakistan. The true homage to 20 Indian soldiers who were martyred in Galwan Valley on June 15 is that we are now beginning to say bye bye bye to Hindi Chinese in every sphere of existence.
Through means of the Belt and Road Initiative China aims to grow its industry worldwide. Today the countries participating in this project are angry, as China is pressing them to repay their debt. China also tried to make India part of this new silk path, but India flatly declined to be part of that project and now India has also carried out an airstrike on China’s digital silk route.
With the help of the internet, China has been intruding not only on the Indian border but also on your life and mind and heart. You not only used smartphone apps produced in China but also sent all of your personal details to the Chinese companies and government accidentally. For example, most mobile phone apps in China require 45 per cent more user permissions than other apps.
UC Browser also Ban
Those include such programs as Tiktok, UC Browser, Helo and Shareit. Such applications do in many cases require permission to use the camera and microphone on your smartphone. With the support of these applications, it is possible to hear your personal conversations and even to record photographs and videos around you and all this is possible without your permission.
Under Chinese law, all businesses expect to share data with the Chinese government. Which means that the companies running such mobile applications will also turn over the private data to the Chinese government. It states several times in the future that ‘data will become oil’ and every country with maximum data will become the strongest nation. China’s digital expansionary agenda is not only a security threat to countries like India but has also affected local traders and businessmen.
Over the last few years, the intrusion of Chinese apps into the mobile app market has greatly increased. In the case of mobile app downloads, only 18 Chinese apps were in the top 100 apps in 2017. But the number of Chinese apps in the top 100 list increased to 44 in 2018.
Tik Tok is Used by More than 200 Million Users
TikTok, which has more than 200 million active users in India, is among the most common Chinese apps in India. This app is by ByteDance, a Chinese company. There are more than 50 million Indians who play PUBG-like games on cell phones. PUBG is now under the ownership of a Chinese company naming Tencent. There are still no details to prohibit it, however. Following Google Chrome with a 22 per cent market share, China’s UC Browser has become India’s No. 2 internet browser. UC Browser is a part of Alibaba, a Chinese company. It already ban, too.
Likewise, Helo is a social networking device with over 4 million Indian users. The ByteDance organization also runs this app. The software ban in India as well. Many Indians may also have used Shareit in their smartphone, which is a file-sharing device. Besides that, you must also have an app called Vigo video. It already ban, too. Another Chinese app called CamScanner is popular in India, too. The app uses for scanning documents and images and around 100 million users also ban.
China accounts for around 45 per cent of the total Android apps downloaded in India, per an estimate. Such Chinese applications already ban by several countries because of privacy and security issues. In March 2018, Australia also banned its troops from using WeChat. The US Council on Foreign Relations reported in January 2018. The Chinese Communist government is running propaganda through Chinese apps such as Baidu.