TikTok Shares Plans With Govt To Set Up Engineering Centre In India

Yolanda Curtis
July 3, 2020

China's commerce ministry said on Thursday that it hopes India would correct its discriminatory actions against Chinese companies immediately, after India banned Chinese mobile apps amid a border crisis between the two countries.

On Wednesday, Mayer, in an address to the company's 2000 employees in India, said that the company would do "everything in its power to restore the positive experiences and opportunities that they can be proud of".

Relations between the world's two most populous nations have been strained following the deaths of 20 Indian troops in hand-to-hand fighting with their Chinese counterparts on the western end of the high-altitude, contested border in mid-June.

On Monday, the government imposed a ban on 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, CamScanner, UC Browser, and WeChat, stating that the move was taken in view of national security.

That amount is most likely more than the combined losses for all the other Chinese companies behind the other 58 apps banned in India, the sources said. TikTok was the first to delist, alongside other Bytedance owned apps on the list - Helo and Vigo Video.

The ministry of information technology said that the apps are engaged in activities "which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order". Both sides blamed each other for the deadliest border clash in almost 50 years.

Anti-China sentiment has long simmered in India over accusations of cheap imports flooding the country, but the border clash has brought tensions to the fore with calls being made to boycott Chinese products. Shortly after the government's decision came in public earlier this week, TikTok India head Nikhil Gandhi also responded to the ongoing restrictions and said that it was in the process of complying with the "interim order" passed by the government. The applications were banned by the Indian government few days after that.

The ban has also led to users from these apps looking for alternatives. The birth dates of senior leaders in China are usually not revealed publicly. Foreign social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China.

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