VietTimes – Baidu and Weibo are the latest two major Chinese apps that have been banned by the Indian government.
Recently, the Indian government has extended its ban on Chinese applications targeting Baidu search engine and social network Weibo. According to a Times of India report, India has asked Google and Apple to remove the two apps from app stores in India.
If Baidu is likened to “China’s Google,” then Weibo is referred to as “China’s Twitter.” These are the two most influential applications in China.
This is known as the third “sweep” of the Indian government for Chinese applications. In early June, India announced a ban of 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Likee and Shareit, citing national security concerns. The Indian government considers these applications to “undermine India’s sovereignty and the integrity, security and social order”.
On July 27, the Indian government continued to announce 47 banned applications linked to China. These apps are said to act as copies of banned apps in June. According to India’s Ministry of Information Technology, some of the apps on the list of 47 banned apps include: Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite. However, this list is still not publicly available.
Besides, there are some internal sources that Baidu Search and Weibo are also in the list of 47 applications – Gizchina said.
According to Times of India, Chinese internet companies now have about 300 million users in India. This also means that nearly two-thirds of smartphone users in India have downloaded at least one Chinese application.
India’s campaign to boycott China stems from a border clash between the two countries that killed 20 Indian soldiers. The technology sector is of particular interest to India, as evidenced by a series of famous Chinese applications that have been banned by the country.
With a population of more than 1 billion people, India is a huge market that Chinese companies cannot ignore. Therefore, the losses that Chinese companies suffer after these “sweeps” are not small.
Up to now, we have not seen a significant pay from the Chinese government, especially in the field of technology.
by English Jagran, Gizchina
Translated by Thanh Tran