It appears that the long-running border dispute between India and China was behind India’s partial ban on Chinese applications from the country. One of the more bizarre elements of the story is that Indian and Chinese soldiers fought with clubs and rocks …
The BBC described an incident last month that apparently banned the app.
Indian officials say at least 20 Indian soldiers have been killed in clashes with Chinese forces in the disputed Himalayan border region.
The incident follows escalating tensions and the first deadly clashes in the border region in at least 45 years. The Indian military initially said three of its soldiers had been killed, adding that there were casualties on both sides. But later on Tuesday, officials said several seriously wounded soldiers had died of their injuries.
India’s foreign ministry has accused China of violating an agreement last week to honor the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galway Valley.
The BBC’s James Robbins says the violence between the two armies in the Himalayas is extremely deadly, and the pressure on the two nuclear powers will increase so as not to slide into a full-blown conflict.
The disputed border is known as the Line of Actual Control, a vague line on the map that bears little resemblance to the actual situation on land.
Both sides have long sought to defend against the war, with soldiers urging not to shoot at each other – reports that crude weapons were used instead.
Both sides insisted that no shots had been fired in four decades, and the Indian military said on Tuesday that “no shots had been fired” in the latest clashes.
Conflicts that do not involve the exchange of fire can prove fatal. There are reports that it was fought with rocks and clubs.
India’s ban on Chinese applications
India banned 59 popular Chinese applications earlier this week, claiming they threatened the country’s “sovereignty and integrity”.
The Ministry of Information Technology applies to it under Section AAA of the Information Technology Act (Procedures and Protection of Public Access to Information) Rules 2009 and the nature of the threat has been read in the light of India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, state security and public order. They decided to block 59 applications because of the information they contained in the judicial proceedings.
TechCrunch reports that both Apple and Google have now blocked access to apps from their respective App Stores.
Two days after blocking 59 apps developed by a Chinese company, Google and Apple have begun complying with New Delhi’s orders, barring users from accessing the apps in the world’s second-largest Internet market (6). Store and Google Play Store (…)
The move by Apple and Google, whose software powers almost every smartphone on the planet, is the latest in a series of unprecedented tensions between China and India in recent times. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed last month in clashes between two neighboring countries on the disputed Himalayan border, maintaining 20 historic tensions.
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