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Government Said to Widen Chinese App Ban to Include More From Xiaomi, Baidu

India has banned some cellular apps of Chinese firms akin to Xiaomi and Baidu, three sources advised Reuters on Wednesday, in New Delhi’s newest transfer to hit Chinese firms following a border conflict between the neighbours.

India in June outlawed 59 Chinese apps for threatening the nation’s “sovereignty and integrity”, together with ByteDance’s video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser, and Xiaomi’s Mi Community app.

Another ban was imposed in current weeks on about 47 apps which principally contained clones, or just completely different variations, of the already banned apps, the sources mentioned.

Unlike its June transfer, the federal government didn’t make its newest resolution public, however there are a number of new apps which have made it to that record, together with Xiaomi’s Mi Browser Pro and Baidu’s search apps, the sources mentioned.

It wasn’t instantly clear what number of new apps have been affected.

India’s IT Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi didn’t reply to a request for remark. China has beforehand criticised India’s resolution to ban the apps.

A spokesman for Xiaomi in India mentioned the corporate was attempting to perceive the event and can take applicable measures. Baidu declined to remark.

A ban on the Mi Browser, which comes pre-loaded on most Xiaomi smartphones, might probably imply the Chinese agency will want to cease putting in it on new units it sells in India.

Xiaomi is India’s No.1 smartphone vendor with shut to 90 million customers, in accordance to Hong Kong-based tech researcher Counterpoint.

The bans are a part of India’s strikes to counter China’s dominant presence within the nation’s web companies market following a border conflict in June between the 2 nuclear-armed neighbours by which 20 Indian troopers had been killed.

India has additionally made approval processes extra stringent for Chinese firms wanting to put money into the nation, and likewise tightened norms for Chinese firms wanting to take part in authorities tenders.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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