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India bans Alibaba's app, 42 others as it takes on China

By Reuters

  • 24 Nov 2020
India bans Alibaba's app, 42 others as it takes on China
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India banned 43 mobile applications on Tuesday including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's e-commerce app Aliexpress in a new wave of web sanctions targeted at China with whom it has engaged in a months-long standoff at a Himalayan border site.

The 43 mostly-Chinese origin apps, which also include a few dating apps, threaten the "sovereignty and integrity of India", the federal technology ministry said in a statement.

India has previously banned more than 170 apps saying they collect and share users data that could pose a threat to the state.

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The moves, which India's technology minister has earlier referred to as a "digital strike", come after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a skirmish with Chinese troops at a disputed Himalayan border site in June.

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