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India Bans 59 Mostly Chinese Apps Amid Border Crisis

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NEW DELHI—India on June 29 banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile apps including Bytedances TikTok and Tencents WeChat in its strongest move yet targeting China in the online space since a border crisis erupted between the two countries in June.

Indias technology ministry issued an order stating the apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.”

Following the order, Google and Apple will have to remove these apps from the Android and iOS stores.

The move comes after a deadly border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in a disputed Himalayan region earlier in June that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

The ban is expected to be a big stumbling block for Chinese firms such as Bytedance in India, which have placed big bets in what is one of the worlds biggest web services markets.

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Indian congress party supporters leave Chinese goods on a flag displaying the country of China, along with an inscription reading Boycott Made in China, during an anti-China demonstration in Kolkata, India, on June 18, 2020. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP via Getty Images)

Beijing-headquartered Bytedance had plans to invest $1 billion in India, open a local data center, and had recently ramped up hiring in the country.

India is the biggest driver of TikTok app installations, accounting for 611 million lifetime downloads, or 30.3 percent of the total, app analytics firm Sensor Tower stated in April.

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Protesters shout slogans as they hold posters of Chinese leader Xi Jinping during an anti-China demonstration near the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, India, on June 18, 2020. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images)

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