So I woke up in the morning and went for a cycle ride and came back after bagging around 40 km. Check out my Strava for today. Opened up social media and found this “Indian government ban Chinese app“. This is trending everywhere. If these apps were a security threat why did it take so long for the government to ban these Chinese apps? But that’s not the question I am here to ask everyone. Let us dig into detail about the Indo-china history and the tiff that we have with our neighbor for a long time. Also, yes we will look at the Sino-Indian War, the famous TikTok ban which is the talk of the town everywhere. I am also going to share the complete list of banned Chinese Apps by the Indian information and broadcasting ministry.

Before you even start framing a comment for this article let us take a look at the Sino-Indian feud history. It has been going for way too long now.

I won’t share the entire history in detail but a short version just to make you understand. If you want to read the complete history which is not mangled by the media, read it on Wikipedia.

Sino-Indian Wars and skirmishes and the ban on Chinese Apps

1962 (Aksai Chin Area in Kashmir) First Sino-Indian War

It has been happening for a long and credit goes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for not giving a stern reply to the Chinese in the first war of October 1962. Since then there have been a lot of small battles and standoffs. The standoff is because the current Indian Government is now trying to get back the land that the Indian national congress gave up in 1962.

Firstly, look at the map below.

Aksai chin in the map of Kashmir, in reference to Sino-Indian war.
Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Aksai Chin was never China’s but the poor leadership of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru gave China liberty to advance in the Indian territory and take the entire Aksai Chin area.

Reason for conflict: Too long to include here so please refer to the article on Wikipedia.

In a nutshell, look at the stats below and you would understand the battle in short.

China (As per Chinese sources)India (As per Indian Sources)
722 Killed1383 Killed
1697 Wounded1696 Missing (No bodies found)
1047 + wounded
Over 4000 captured
Causalities and Losses in Approximation

Final result: Chinese victory. Chinese armed forces known as PLA did not advance past the line of actual control and declared a ceasefire. Their intent was to occupy Aksai Chin and not the entire Kashmir region.

1967 (Nathu La and Cho La clashes) Second Sino-Indian War

This series of military clashes happened between India and China. We can also term this as a Second Sino-Indian War. These clashes happened near the Sikkim Tibet border at two passes namely Nathu La and Cho La.

Nathu La Clash

Indian armed forces were laying fences from Nathu La pass to Sebu La. While this was happening Chinese political commissar came with the infantry and told Indians to stop laying the wire. Indians refused as they had clear orders.

Chinese went back to their trenches and after a while started firing with their medium machine guns. Unfortunately, with no cover Indian troops suffered high casualties. Post this Indians retaliated and throughout the day and night, there was continuous gunfire through MMG’s and mortars.

Since Indians were on the higher platform, they were able to push the Chinese back. If you want to read about this in detail, check out this Wikipedia page.

Cho La Clash

This occurred when the Chinese were caught wandering on the Sikkim side of the border which was under India’s control. They infiltrated on the Indian side of the territory after a small scuffle that happened at Cho la.

This clash lasted for a day and the Chinese armed forces were pushed back by the Indians. If you want to read about this in detail, check out this Wikipedia page.

Now, let us look at the casualty report for this war. (Approximation)

Indian ArmyPeople Liberation Army
88 Killed340 killed
163 Wounded450 Wounded
Figures in Approximation, India clearly had an upper hand and won the battle

2017 & 2020 Clashes (Ladakh)

You must have been hearing about the Galwan valley clash. There were actually two clashes that are now developing into a dangerous situation. The first one was the Doklam clash in the year 2017 and the second one is now ongoing at Ladakh.

No one was killed in the Doklam standoff, however, the current Ladakh skirmish resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers including an officer.

The ongoing tension between India and China is confined majorly to Galwan Valley. There are three places that are in the discussion here. Hot springs, Galwan valley, and Depsang Plains. Read all about it here.

Now let us come to the point here.

Indian government ban Chinese apps

It was funny when I saw TikTok topping the list. Most noteworthy is that this app has been the center of controversy for a long time. The recent tiff between TikTokers and YouTubers made it worse for the TikTok community.

There are a total of 59 Chinese apps that are banned by the Indian Ministry of Information and technology. Follow them on Twitter for regular updates.

I am going to share the complete list below for your reference, the list has 59 items with TikTok ban most important as there were claims of data theft from this app.

List of banned Chinese Apps

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. The QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

In this list of banned Chinese apps, the most talked about is the TikTok ban. If you want to get into why this has become one of the most hated apps of all time, you need to check the recent scuffle between the Indian YouTubers and TikTokers.

I personally have never used the TikTok application. TikTok ban is also a direct result of the data theft that happened sometime back when TikTok was accused of sending the user data to Chinese intelligence.

Damn, that’s bad! Especially when we are in the middle of Indian and China scuffle.

Summing Up – Will the ban be permanent?

Folks, it does not matter if it’s a TikTok ban or for that matter any other Chinese app. The idea is to boycott everything coming from China.

I personally have never used any of the apps listed above, but I am sure to boycott everything that is coming from China.

The question however is that will this ban be permanent? The answer is still not known. TikTok ban happened in India, however, the ban was revoked after some time. This was done by Madras high court.

The effect of this ban will be on millions of creators who will look for other alternatives. You cant call their videos meaningful content either. So let’s wait and watch what do these creators do.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below about the List of banned Chinese Apps.


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