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Beijing says it's 'strongly concerned' by India's decision to ban Chinese apps

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A man uses TIKTOk on his mobile phone in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on 30 June 2020 (Photo by Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Beijing is pushing back on a decision by India to ban dozens of Chinese mobile apps as tensions between the countries continue to rise.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Beijing is pushing back on a decision by India to ban dozens of Chinese mobile apps as tensions between the countries continue to rise.

India announced Monday that it would block 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Weibo and WeChat, claiming that the platforms posed a threat to the "sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order. "

WeChat, a messaging app that is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent (TCEHY), is one of China's biggest social media apps.

The clash has already caused hiccups in international trade, the suspension of business deals and calls for a boycott of Chinese goods and citizens in India.

The trading trading relationship between the two is vital, with India importing more goods from China than any other country.

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement Monday that it had received many complaints about the misuse and transmission of user data by some mobile apps to servers outside India.

TikTok, the hugely popular video platform owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, has been downloaded onto Indian phones 660 million times since its launch in 2017, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.

"The Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international rules and local laws and regulations in their business cooperation's with foreign countries," Zhao said Tuesday.

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