Amid the heightened tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC),
the Indian government on Monday took an extraordinary step and decided to ban
59 Chinese apps.
The list of 59 mobile apps with their origin in China include TikTok, SHAREit, UC
Browser, Baidu map, Helo, Mi Community, Club Factory, WeChat, UC News,
Weibo, Xender, Meitu, Mi Video Call - Xiaomi, CamScanner, and Clean Master -
The order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
stated that the 59 apps that have been banned by the Government of India "are
prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state
and public order”. The order added: "This move will safeguard the interests of crores
of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety
and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace."