How it Will Affect Indian Users?
Some apps on the banned list are widely popular among Indians. TikTok (one of the banned apps) has more than 100 million active users in India. TikTok was the only source of income for many users.Besides, many of these apps such as UC News and others have offices and employees in India, hence following the ban, scores of jobs could be at stake.Other Chinese apps in the banned list like Club Factory, SHAREit, Likee, Mi Video Call (Xiaomi), Weibo, Baidu, Bigo Live are also immensely popular, mainly in the heartland.
How china will effective from this ban?
- Indians have rushed to download social app Chingari, a desi alternative to Chinese TikTok.
- The app is witnessing nearly 1 lakh downloads and over 2 million views per hour.
- This spike is seen since the government banned 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns.
- Already downloaded over 3 million times, the app which was founded by Bengaluru-based programmers.
Indian newspapers, websites not accessible in China
- Though Chinese newspapers and websites continue to be accessible in India.
- People in China can only access the Indian media websites with VPN server.
India’s war on China apps will have network effect
- Giants from Alibaba to Xiaomi have made significant inroads on the subcontinent.
- For Beijing-based ByteDance, India has been the biggest driver of TikTok installs
- It accounts for 611 million downloads, or 30% of the total, according to SensorTower.
- Cutting off new users, and existing ones, will sting its mooted valuation of $110 billion.
- TikTok faces a similar backlash in the US over suspicions about Beijing’s access to consumer data.
There is increased pressure on TikTok’s new boss, Kevin Mayer, to make a clean break from its Chinese parent.
Government may license import of ACs, TVs to check shipments
- The govt is looking to license the import of 10-12 items, including AC and several of its components.
- The move is aimed to discourage the entry of foreign goods into the country, especially from China.
Top US senators slam China’s ‘unwarranted armed’ aggression against India
Top Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Monday spoke with India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu and expressed solidarity with the people of India on the Chinese aggression.
TikTok says does not share information with Chinese government
- Chinese short-video app TikTok said it is in the process of complying with the govt order.
- TikTok said it has been invited to meet govt officials to respond and submit clarifications.
- ByteDance’s two popular apps TikTok and Helo were taken down from Google and Apple app stores.
- Companies prodded to rely less on China, but few respond
- The United States, Japan and France are prodding their companies to rely less on China
- This includes reliance on China to make the world’s smartphones, drugs and other products.
- But even after the coronavirus derailed trade, few want to leave skilled China’s skilled workforce and efficient suppliers of raw materials to move to other countries.
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At Galwan, Chinese posts affected by spate in the river
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- The Chinese side remains dug in.
- Satellite images shows several posts set up by the PLA along the river affected by a sudden spate of water in the past few days.
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- China, sources said, is making unacceptable demands.
- while the Indian position has been consistent that status quo ante has to be restored.
- India’s position is clear that PLA has been the aggressor by moving its troops forward.
- They had also set up infrastructure across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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- This includes soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery and structures.
- Satellite images indicate consolidation of Chinese positions in the area.