“Will Boost India’s Sovereignty”: US Welcomes Ban On Chinese Apps: We welcome India’s ban on sure cell apps, Mike Pompeo stated (File)

“Will Boost India’s Sovereignty”: US Welcomes Ban On Chinese Apps

New Delhi:

India’s ban on 59 Chinese language apps will enhance its sovereignty, integrity and nationwide safety, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated on Wednesday, welcoming the transfer which got here amid a stand-off between India and China in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

“We welcome India’s ban on sure cell apps that serves as an appendage of the CCP’s (Chinese language Communist Celebration) surveillance State,” Mr Pompeo advised reporters.

“India’s clear app method will enhance India’s sovereignty. It is going to additionally enhance India’s integrity and nationwide safety,” he was quoted by news company PTI as saying.

The cell purposes which were banned included massively fashionable TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser, amid an enormous financial backlash towards China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh during which 20 Indian troopers died for the nation.

The federal government stated the apps have been blocked “in view of data accessible they’re engaged in actions which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, safety of state and public order.”

Reacting to the ban, China stated India’s transfer was discriminatory.

“India’s measure, selectively and discriminatorily goals at sure Chinese language apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds, runs towards truthful and clear process necessities, abuses nationwide safety exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO guidelines,” Chinese language Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong had stated.

The US, which has been engaged in bitter exchanges with Chine for months, first over commerce battle then coronavirus, is dealing with calls for from some lawmakers to ban Chinese language apps, mainly TikTok, the viral video cell software which is broadly fashionable in India as properly.

After India’s transfer, Republican Congressman Rick Crawford tweeted that “TikTok should go and it ought to have been gone yesterday.”

Final week, US Nationwide Safety Advisor, Robert O’Brien had stated that the Chinese language Authorities is utilizing TikTok for its personal functions.

TikTok, which had hundreds of thousands of customers in India, on Tuesday stated it was complying with the federal government order. “TikTok continues to adjust to all knowledge privateness and safety necessities beneath Indian legislation and haven’t shared any data of our customers in India with any overseas authorities, together with the Chinese language Authorities,” it stated in an announcement.

Authorities sources on Wednesday stated that the third spherical of senior military-level talks to resolve the stand-off with China happened on June 30 however was inconclusive.

With inputs from PTI

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