June 30, 2020
India is kicking Chinese companies out of the subcontinent in response to China's aggression on the border and attempts to subvert Indian sovereignty. Tik Tok and other app producers are no longer welcome.
From the article:
The Indian government on Monday evening saidit was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were engaging in activities that threatened "national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India”in what is the latest standoff between the world’s two most populated nations.
Among the apps that India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT has ordered to ban include ByteDance’s TikTok, which counts India as its biggest overseas market; Community and Video Call apps from Xiaomi, which is the top smartphone vendor in India; two of Alibaba Group’s apps (UC Browser and UC News); Shareit; CM Browser, Club Factory, which claims to be India’s third-largest e-commerce firm; and ES File Explorer.
This is the first time that India, the world’s second largest internet market with nearly half of its 1.3 billion population online, has ordered to ban so many foreign apps. New Delhi said nation’s Computer Emergency Response Team had received many "representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues.”Good. Maybe the U.S. will follow suit.
Chinese corporations are an arm of the Chicom government. Supposedly "independently owned" thesse corporations are in fact owned by high Communist Party officials and serve the Party's purposes. They are not just about making money but are a tool to advance Chinese imperial ambitions.
China and India have been in a border war of sorts:
Monday evening’s announcement is the latest standoff between the two neighboring nations following a deadly clash at the border earlier this month that stoked historical tensions. In recent weeks, custom officials at major Indian ports and airports have halted clearances of industrial consignments coming from China.
Jayanth Kolla, an analyst at research firm Convergence Catalyst, told TechCrunch the move was surprising and will have huge impact on Chinese firms, many of which count India as their biggest market. He said banning these apps would also hurt the livelihood of several Indians who directly or indirectly work for them.This is huge; a major squeeze of China's economic order. If the U.S. cracks down on Chinese imports at this time they may be forced to ink a deal with President Trump.
I've always been a supporter of India over China; I think we backed the wrong horse back in the '90's when we promoted China as a major economic power (and we did with all manner of preferential deals) and now China is a menace to all her neighbors. And to us as well.
I'm all for promoting India at China's expense.
At any rate, losing a billion plus customers is catastrophic to the Chinese. We'll see where this leads.
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