India bans 54 Chinese apps

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 54 apps it says are of Chinese origin.

The ministry said security concerns spurred the ban.

The banned apps include those belonging to large China tech firms such as Tencent, Alibaba and NetEase. Sea’s Free Fire was also banned.

The latest move comes as a long-running dispute between the two nuclear-armed nations remains unresolved, after boiling over in a bloody 2020 skirmish that left soldiers from both sides dead, and drew tougher laws in India for investments from China, including the original app ban.

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