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India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok

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The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps.

Fifty-nine mobile apps include Tiktok, a Chinese app for creating and sharing videos, as well as WeChat and ShareIt.

The Press Information Bureau of India said in a tweet, that the Indian government had banned the apps in the interests of the country’s sovereignty, integrity, defence and security.

The Indian government says the move will protect the interests of millions of Indian mobile and internet users.

Tensions between the two countries have been high since at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash between the two countries’ troops on the disputed Sino-Indian border in Ladakh on June 15.

In the weeks leading up to the conflict, high-ranking military commanders of the two countries agreed to “settle any disputes in the border area in accordance with bilateral agreements between the two countries.”

In the aftermath of the conflict, and in the aftermath of the post-conflict bickering, when both countries were publicly trying to defuse tensions, India announced the closure of Chinese mobile apps.