India widens China app ban to cover more from Xiaomi and Baidu

Platform News: India Bans Chinese smartphone apps

India has banned some programs of Chinese companies including Xiaomi Corp and Baidu Inc, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday, in New Delhi’s most recent move to hit Chinese firms after a border clash between the neighbours.

India in June outlawed 59 Chinese programs for threatening the country’s “sovereignty and integrity”, such as ByteDance’s video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser and Xiaomi’s Mi Community program.

Another ban was enforced on approximately 47 apps which comprised clones, or just different variations, of the programs in recent weeks, the sources said.

Unlike its June move, the authorities did not make its decision people, but there are a couple of programs which have made it such as Xiaomi’s Mi Browser Pro and Baidu’s search programs, the sources said.

It was not immediately clear how many programs that are new are affected.

India’s IT Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi didn’t respond to a request for comment. The Chinese government has however criticised India’s decision.

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A spokesman for Xiaomi in India said the company tried to comprehend the development and will take proper measures.

A ban on the Mi Browser, which comes pre-loaded on Xiaomi smartphones, could mean the Chinese company will have to end the practise of automatically installing it on devices it sells in India.

The bans are a part of India’s moves to counter China’s dominant presence in the internet services market of the country after a border clash in June between both nuclear-armed neighbours where 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

India has made approval procedures strict for Chinese companies wanting to invest in the country, and tightened standards for Chinese companies wanting to take part in government tenders.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal and Aditya Kalra. Additional reporting by Yingzhi Yang. Editing by Kim Coghill.

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