Blocking Chinese Apps Was "Digital Strike": Ravi Shankar Prasad

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 7/2/2020 1:40:47 PM

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said India's surprise move to ban 59 Chinese apps days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh was a "digital strike". "We banned Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen; it was a digital strike," Mr Prasad said at a BJP rally in West Bengal today, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
"Now you can hear about only two 'Cs' – coronavirus and China. We believe in peace and solve problems through discussion, but if somebody casts an evil eye on India, we will give a befitting reply... if our 20 jawans have sacrificed their lives, then the toll is double on the Chinese side. You all must have noticed that they have not come out with any figure," the Law, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Minister said, echoing a similar statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made last week on the India-China border tension.
A section of the media had called India move's to ban the Chinese apps, including the wildly popular TikTok, a "digital airstrike" in allusion to India bombing a camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan's Balakot in February last year.
India was TikTok's top market, accounting for 30 per cent of its two billion downloads worldwide. TikTok parent ByteDance had laid out plans to invest $1 billion in India and had hired several senior executives since 2019.
The rest 58 apps with Chinese links blocked by the government include WeChat and UC Browser. The Indian government's TikTok account MyGov, which had 1.1 million followers, has been disabled. Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, has deleted PM Modi's account at the request of the Indian embassy.

 

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