List of 177 Banned Chinese Apps in India

The government on 2nd September banned 118 applications- a majority of being Chinese, including popular ones such as PUBG, WeChat Work, CamCard, Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade and Alipay; stating that these were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, security of State and public order." This is in addition to banned Chinese 59 apps including TikTok, Shareit, club Factory, Shein in June to ensure safe cyberspace in the country. These banned chinese apps had over billions of potential Indian users and these apps were successful in luring the users to download them in large numbers.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), said it was invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118 mobile apps; engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

It's such a sheer loss to our country's dignity and economy that all the while we are bragging and outraging against any service provided to us by China , we never lose to stay in their top 3 users.

The list of  banned apps in India includes apps like PUBG, Baidu, AppLock, TikTok, ShareIt, WeChat, UC Browser and so on. A recent study reveals that India has been the world’s fastest-growing app-market over the past few years. Reports suggest that Chinese apps are ruling the Indian app market as users have downloaded them in significant numbers. However, Indian intelligence agencies asked government to block 118 mobile applications as being a threat to national security. India's security agencies raised concerns that apps in the list of banned Chinese apps are safe.

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As tensions at India and china border has to lead to another list of banned Chinese apps. India’s ministry of information and technology has issued 118 Chinese mobile apps to banned from the Indian market.

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List Of Chinese Apps That Got Banned On 2nd September 2020

118 Chinese Apps That Got Banned on 2 September 2020
1. Apus Launcher Pro-Theme, Live, Wallpapers, Smart
2. Apus Launcher-Theme, Call show, Wallpaper, Hide Apps
3. Apus Security-Antivirus, Phone Security, Cleaner
4. Apus Turbo Cleaner 2020-Junk Cleaner, Anti-virus
5. Apus Flashlights-Free & Bright
6. Cut Cut- Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
7. Baidu
8. Baidu Express Edition
9. FaceU- Inspire Your Beauty
10. ShareSave by Xiomi: Latest Gadgets, Amazing deals
11. Camcard- Business Card Reader
12. Camcard For SalesForce
13. Camcard Business
14. CamOCR
15. InNote
16. VooV Meeting- Tencent Video Conferencing
17. Super Clean- Master Of Cleaner, Phone Booster
18. WeChat Reading
19. Government WeChat
20. Small Q Brush
21. Tencent Weiyun
22. Pitu
23. WeChat Work
24. Cyber Hunter
25. Cyber Hunter Lite
26. Knives Out-No rules, Just Fight
27. Super Mecha Champions
28. LifeAfter
29. Dawn Of Isles
30. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
31. Chess Rush
32. PUBG Mobile Nordic Map:Livik
33. PUBG Mobile Lite
34. Rise Of Kingdoms:Lost Crusade
35. Art Of Conquest: Dark Horizon
36. Dank Tanks
37. Warpath
38. Game Of Sultans
39. Gallery Vault: Hide Picture And Videos
40. Smart AppLock
41. Message Lock(SMS Lock)
42. Hide App-Hide Application Icon
43. AppLock
44. AppLock Lite
45. Dual Space- Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
46. ZAKZAK Pro- Live Chat & Video Chat Online
47. ZAKZAK LIVE: Live Chat & Video Chat
48. Music-Mp3 Player
49. Music Player- Audio Player & 10 Bands Equilizer
50. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
51. Cleaner- Phone Booster
52. Web Browser & Fast Explorer
53. Video Player All Format For Android
54. Photo Gallery & Album
55. Photo Gallery HD & Editor
56. Music player- Bass Booster- free Download
57. HD Camera- Beauty Cam With Filters & Panorama
58.HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
59. Music Player- MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equilizer
60. Gallery HD
61. Web Browser- Fast, privacy & Light Web Explorer
62. Web Browser- Secure Explorer
63. Music Player- Audio Player
64. Video Player- All Format HD Video Player
65. Lamour Love All Over The World
66. Amour- Video Chat & Call All Over The World
67. MV Master- Make Your Status Video & Community
68. MV Master- Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
69. APUS Message Center-Intelligent Management
70. LivU Meet New People & Video Chat With Strangers
71. Carron Friends: Carrom Board & Pool Game
72. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
73. Bike Racing: Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
74. Rangers Of Oblivion: Online ACtion MMO RPG Game
75. GO SMS PRO- Messanger, Free Themes, Emoji
76. Z Camera- Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
77. U-Dictionary: OXford Dictionary Freee Now Translate
78. Ulike- Define Your Selfie In Trendy Style
79. Tantan-Date For Real
80. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen Aur Live Chat Karen
81. Kitty Live- Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
82. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
83. AliPay
84. AliPayHK
85. Mobile Taobao
86. Youku
87. Road Of Kings-Endless Glory
88. Sina News
89. Netease News
90. Penguin FM
91. Murderous Pursuits
92. Tencent Watchlist Tencent technology
93. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
94. HUYA LIVE- Game Live Stream
95. Little Q Album
96. Fighting Landlors- Free and Happy Fighting Landlords
97. Hi Meitu
98. Mobile Legends: Pockets
99. VPN for TikTok
100. VPN For TikTok
101. penguin E-Sports Live Assistant
102. Buy cars- Offer Everything You Need, Special Offers And Low prices
103. iPick
104. Beauty Camera Plus- sweet Camera & Face Selfie
105. Parallel Space Lite- Dual App
106. Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
107. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
108. AFK Arena
109. Creative Destruction NetEase Games
110. Crusaders Of Light NetEase Games
111. Mafia City Yotta Games
112. Onmyojio NetEase Games
113. RideOut Heroes NetEase Games
114. Yimeng Jianghu-chu Liuxiang has been fully updated
115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
116. Arena Of Valor:5v5 Arena Games
117. Soul Hunnters
118. Rules Of Survival

Chinese Apps banned in India

  • Social  content platforms:  Helo and SHARE it
  • Entertainment and short video apps:  TikTok, LIKE, and Kwai
  • Web browser apps:  UCBrowser and UCBrowserMini
  • Video and live streaming apps:   LiveMe, Bigo Live, and VigoVideo
  • Utility applications:  BeautyPlus, Xender and Cam Scanner
  • Gaming  apps and software:   PUBG, Clash of Kings, Mobile Legends
  • E-commerce applications: ClubFactory, Shein, and Romwe
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Pandemic and Politics

Wednesday's announcements comes amid renewed tensions between India and China owing to the stand-off on the disputed boundary in Ladakh that has beeen on since May 2020. In a statement, the government said this move would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and Internet usera and teh decision was a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian Cyberspace.

By this, it's crystal clear that China's sole motive is to raise Beijing's profile as a leading power of humanitarian assistance throughout the globe. China's  bilionaire diplomacy aims to achieve three immediate objectives:

  •  shift the focus away from talking about the origin of corona virus in Wuhan
  • establish makeover
  •  expanding their market in every possible way
  •  become the biggest economy all over the world.
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For India, the pandemic presents an opportunity to demonstrate its willingness and capacity to shoulder more responsibility. It's been a backlash that China is being criticised for their cheap winning tricks to conquer the world. It should be known that political impact of corona virus pandemic is yet to crystallize.

Since , the COVID-19 has been a great leveller across the world and we know that it’s effects stand to be devastating.  Both countries , India and China , have sent their troops towards LAC (Line of Actual Control). The aggression seems to rise in it’s various form.

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Complaints of Misuse

The Ministry said it had received many complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers that have locations outside India. "The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of our country, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," it stated.

Additionally, the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these "malicious apps" and similar bipartisan concerns have been flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside Indian Parliament.

Sonam Wangchuk Went  #BOYCOTT-ing!

Sonam Wangchuk, whose works  inspired “3 Idiots" , posted a video on You tube. It said that Indians should boycott everything which is from China to avenge the tensions between the two biggest economies.

Wangchuk believes that the only way to defeat China is by using "wallet power”. We all know that the Chinese products and goods that we buy have been funding their army since a very long time ago.It’s high time and we should boycott them and stop them there itself.

India Banned 118 Chinese Mobile Apps.
India Banned 118 Chinese Apps

Soon after Wangchuk's video went viral, #BoycottChina, #BoycottMadeinChina, #BoycottChineseApps and #BoycottTiktok began trending on social media. Bollywood actor MilindSoman also joined the bandwagon and decided to uninstall Chinese app Tiktok from his phone.

Not just celebrities, but many Indians have taken the  hatred all over the internet since the beginning of the pandemic. Several even wanted to take revenge against China for the same. In fact, many Indians have been searching on Google-- "how to delete or remove Chinese apps" from their phones.

It’s funny how every hatred towards anyone is actually thrown away very casually by using a simple terminology boycott.We are left with only one solution. To boycott it. Boycott movies. Boycott apps. Why, even boycott human beings!

Every time, when something against national interest happens, we witness such outrages against some app and services.

The only reasons of bans and protests are:

  • origin
  • privacy concerns

Since 2018, TikTok happens to be one of the most popular apps in India even today, even after countless calls for bans. As a matter of fact, TikTok is a legit source of income for several Indians. I don’t know how embarrassing it is, but the employment sector of India is made fun of because so called 'Youth of India'  is busy making TikTok. We have taken a mere fight all over the internet which was TikTok vs. YouTube.  Can anyone believe this !

If you were to scour through and delete all Chinese apps, your phone (assuming it isn't made in China) would probably be left with only a handful of apps. but that's how we can work more, and this can also genrate a source of income for youngsters who hav keen interest in this field. PM Modi asked out all the youngsters to create gaming applications in his recent 'Mann Ki Baat'. Who would know that this was for banning majority of gaming Applications in the country.

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The Defense Fears of Cyberespionage

Based on information collected by Indian intelligence agencies, the Indian government fears Following security risks and  cyber espionage attempts. Chinese spies could collect critical information through malware and spyware in Android and iOS apps. The information is then sent to servers in China and could be used to get details on army location. Army troops, especially, border troops from the Indian Armed Force and Central Armed Police Personnel (CAPF) are asked to urgently uninstall them from their smart phones.

Also, devices made in China, such as Huawei and ZTE have already been banned from use by international border troops in the LAC region (Line of Actual Control). Its been noted that the ban does not apply  in whole country due to obvious reasons.

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"REMOVE CHINA APPS" Bagged 5M Downloads

Many Indian developers have been working to compete with the Chinese market of apps. App developers One Touch AppLabs launched an application - 'Remove China Apps' on May 17. As the name suggests, it's work is same. When you download the app, you can run a scan through your phone. It will detect the Chinese apps on your phone and give you an option to delete them. If you click on the red bin icon next to the concerned app, it will uninstall the app from your phone. Several people have also shared screenshots on social media to show that they've used the app.

The app was at the top spot of Google Play's top free apps list and it has been downloaded by over 5 million Indian users since its launch. This development came at a time when anti-China sentiment is high in the country, sparked by the novel corona virus pandemic, India-China border dispute, and more. But later the app was taken down from Google Play store a few weeks ago.

Another app playing on similar sentiments – Mitron – has also gained traction over the last several days and is being touted as an alternate to TikTok.

Since there is no immediate replacement of certain Chinese apps, one of the top leading industries of India, JIO has offered a wide range of apps too. Even if there are many alternatives , then also we are left with the only one to reply such aggression in a polite way.

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