Briefing

India bans TikTok, 58 other Chinese apps

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The information technology ministry said the apps are “engaged in activities which [are] prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” (India Today)

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Talking point: Indian and Chinese troops are currently massed along the border in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, and New Delhi claims a mid-June skirmish led to casualties on both sides. Indian business lobbies have called on consumers and celebrity endorsers to boycott Chinese products in response. India is TikTok’s biggest market—Douyin, ByteDance’s Chinese short-video app operates separately—but usage has suffered amid the bilateral tensions. The standoff is also providing an unexpected boost to the U.S. pressure campaign to exclude Huawei from 5G wireless networks. Earlier this month, the Indian government reportedly ordered state-run telecoms BSNL and MTNL to exclude Chinese firms from future equipment purchases, and plans to extend the ban to private carriers.