New Delhi: Due to an increasingly fierce border showdown between giant neighboring countries, strong opposition to Beijing led India to ban 118 Chinese apps on Wednesday.
The government says these apps-including the popular video game PUBG and other services provided by Chinese internet giant Tencent-promote activities that “damage India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, national security and public order.”
India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have been caught in a series of deadly conflicts and showdowns on the disputed Himalayan border in recent weeks.
In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a hand-to-hand battle in Ladakh. An Indian special forces member was killed in two incidents over the weekend.
China also suffered casualties in high-altitude battles at an altitude of more than 4,200 meters (13,800 feet), but no specific figures were given.
After the battle in June, India has banned 59 Chinese apps-including video sharing platform TikTok. Another 47 were added in July.
The PUBG mobile app has millions of young users in India. The company said it was aware of the government’s actions, but did not comment.
PUBG was developed by a South Korean company, but the mobile version that has been promoted globally was developed by Tencent.