Bloomberg: a ban on Chinese apps after India can enter other countries

the Example of India, which had been blocked dozens of applications from Chinese developers, can be followed by other countries from Europe to Southeast Asia. This opinion was expressed by analysts polled by Bloomberg.

the Experts considered that in the context of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, as well as on the background of strengthening of positions of Chinese companies in industries of the future such as artificial intelligence, other States may reconsider their attitude to as Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and other IT giants China handle user data, taking possession of the levers of economic pressure.

“Technonationalism will more clearly be manifested in all aspects of geopolitics: national security, economic competitiveness, and even social values – said researcher of the Fund of Hinrich Alex Capri, – Will find it increasingly difficult to separate Chinese technology firms from the Chinese Communist party and the geopolitical ambitions of China.”

And according to the Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific studies at the University of Lingnan Zhang Baohua, the conflict between India and China could play into the hands of the United States. Now the Indian authorities demand from major American online stores such as Amazon and Walmart, to indicate the goods sold “country of origin”. A ban on Chinese instant messenger WeChat can give a boost to the growth of WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, and lock TikTok will contribute to the popularity of YouTube, owned by Google.

on the Eve of the government of India decided to block the country 59 applications from Chinese developers. As reported, these apps for iOS and Android “harm the sovereignty and integrity of India as well as the defense, state security and public order”.

India is the largest market for service TikTok, developed by the Chinese company ByteDance. Apart from him, were outlawed apps for video calls from Xiaomi (the largest seller smartphones in this country) and an online store Club Factory (the third largest in India), messenger WeChat, Baidu maps, and UC browser Browser. Also the ban includes the game Clash of Kings file Manager and ES File Explorer.

Authorities said that he had received “many complaints from various sources” on the Chinese apps. Some of them were convicted of “stealing and hidden sending user data to servers outside India.”

the Ban on Chinese applications were made in the face of rising tension over India-China border in the Himalayas. On the background of aggravation of the conflict in India has gained momentum movement “Boycoting China!”, calling for the rejection of Chinese products, including mobile applications.

Text: To.Hi-tech