Disable Chinese apps and quit Weibo. What is India doing?
On June 29th, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology suddenly announced the ban on 59 Chinese applications, Including TikTok, WeChat, QQ, Kuaishou, Meitu, Baidu map, UC browser, Helo (social software owned by Byte), etc.
According to the Global Times, China’s Sina Weibo received an application from the Indian Embassy in China,”hope to remove the certified Modi Premier Weibo account”. Now Weibo has closed the Weibo account previously certified as”Prime Minister of the Republic of India” according to the requirements of the other party and in accordance with the relevant community rules.
After the conflict between China and India, why did India turn its attention to Chinese APP?
“Banners for national security”
For the decision to ban Chinese applications, the Indian government stated that it is for sovereignty, territorial security and national defense , National security and public order.
In an official statement, the Ministry of Information Technology of India invoked Article 69, paragraph 1, of the Indian Information Technology Act, saying that”these applications have affected the sovereignty and integrity of India and are a very profound and urgent issue.” , Need to take emergency measures.”
The statement also stated that”people also have worrisome issues in all aspects related to data security and protecting the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians.”
The announcement did not specify how the prohibition will be implemented and how long it will be. The outside world speculates that the prohibition measures for related applications may be launched immediately.
Why does India start to apply to China?
Previously, Indian folk practices mostly smashed”Made in China”, and this time India chose to start with the”Made in China” application, which may have different considerations behind it.
First of all, China’s tangible goods have a strong competitiveness in India. In 2019, India’s imports from the mainland of China reached 70 billion US dollars, including mobile phones and other digital products and energy, machinery and other fields. India Relying heavily on China, India is inherently difficult to reject the”Made in China” with good quality and low price.
Secondly, India’s official ban on Chinese applications also has the intention of cracking down on China’s technology industry.
Earlier, the Thinktank Gateway House of the Indian think tank said that if the Indian people want to boycott, please boycott Chinese applications instead of boycotting tangible goods, such as children’s toys or other goods. Companies like Alibaba and Baidu are part of China’s”Silk Road” plan. It is more valuable to combat the field of virtual technology than tangible goods. Abandoning the use of Chinese company applications will have a very large impact on the valuation of Chinese companies.
India is a major country in the use of mobile applications worldwide. The data shows that the number of people with Internet access accounts for about half of India’s 1.3 billion people, and the Internet industry has huge development potential. Therefore, India has become a hot spot for the development of many technology companies in the world.
In order to make people abandon Chinese applications as soon as possible, India also summarized a list of alternative applications, such as replacing TikTok or Vmate with Triller (a short video sharing application from the United States), and developing Meitu Photo editing software replaced BeautyPlus with B612 and WPS Office with Microsoft Office.
Kill the enemy one hundred and injure eight thousand
But in fact, India’s ban not only harms Chinese technology companies, but also It will also bring about the loss of”killing one hundred enemies and losing 8,000″.
Because these banned apps cover all kinds of users and various uses, many users have a high degree of dependence on apps from China.
According to a report released by Paulson Institute’s MacroPolo in April, 6 of the top 10 most downloaded apps in India are from China.
TikTok is taken as an example. According to statistics, as many as one-third of smartphones in India have downloaded TikTok, and TikTok has more than 100 million active users in India.
According to Sensor Tower data, in May, TikTok’s new users ranked first in India, accounting for 20%of the nearly 112 million downloads worldwide, and 30%of the TikTok user base were Indian, and 10%of revenue comes from India.
Secondly, the Chinese app also provides a lot of employment in India. For example, ByteDance has about 2,000 employees in India, as well as many self-media practitioners.
Indian Express mentioned that the ban may cause “Indians who are engaged in creation and work on these platforms” to lose their source of income and work. Most of these platforms have Indian creators, and many applications have offices in India, potentially endangering thousands of jobs.
Many Indian netizens commented,”Many Indians use these apps as their sole source of income. Where do they go in the future?”
“Most popular creators will Will be unemployed.” New Delhi, India TV station also stated on the 29th that the ban would cast a shadow on some celebrity accounts and government agencies on the TikTok platform shadow.
“The Chinese side is strongly concerned about the relevant announcements of the Indian side and is understanding the verification situation.” On the 30th, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to the ban on India’s use of Chinese applications.
He said that the Chinese government has always required Chinese companies to conduct foreign cooperation on the basis of abiding by international rules and local laws and regulations. The Indian government is responsible for maintaining the legality of international investors, including Chinese companies, in accordance with market principles rights and interests. The cooperation between China and India in a pragmatic field is mutually beneficial and win-win. This cooperation pattern has been harmed by man-made and is actually not in India’s own interest.
From:State is a train
Edit:Chen Hao Star