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India bans PUBG and over 100 additional Chinese apps


India has banned more than 100 additional apps with linkage to China including popular mobile game PUBG citing cybersecurity concerns as geopolitical tension between the two neighboring nations continues to rise.


“There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”


Tension between the world’s two most populous nations escalated when more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a military clash in the Himalayas in June.


Ever since, “Boycott China” — and variations of it — has been trending on Twitter in India as a growing number of people posted videos demonstrating destruction of Chinese-made smartphones, TVs and other products.


In April, India also made a change to its foreign investment policy that requires Chinese investors — who have ploughed billions of dollars into Indian startups in recent years — to take approval from New Delhi .


The move has significantly reduced Chinese investors’ presence in Indian startups’ deal flows in the months since.






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