India has recently banned a few more mobile apps from Xiaomi Corporation, Baidu Inc., and other Chinese companies. The decision is in line with the increasing tensions regarding China, with New Delhi making a move to restrict Chinese companies, following the border clash between the two neighboring countries.
In June, India outlawed over 50 Chinese apps for supposedly engaging in activities that are prejudicial to the integrity & sovereignty of the country, which include TikTok, a video-sharing app of ByteDance, UC Browser of Alibaba, & Mi Community app of Xiaomi. Sources familiar with the matter have stated that that, unlike the June move, the Indian government did not publicly announce the latest decision to ban more Chinese apps. The apps that are on the list include Mi Browser Pro of Xiaomi and search apps of Baidu.
The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi & IT Ministry of India did not respond to requests for comments on the recent move. Previously, China had criticized India’s decision to ban the apps. Xiaomi’s spokesperson has cited that the company will take necessary measures on the recent announcement. Baidu, however, declined to comment.
Mi Browser comes pre-loaded on various Xiaomi smartphones. The recent announcement could potentially mean that the Chinese company will have to stop installing this web browser on devices for Indian customers. As per reports, Xiaomi is the top smartphone seller in India, with over 90 million users.
The decision is also a part of India’s move to counter the dominant presence of China in the internet services market in the country, as well as a border clash in June, which claimed the lives of over 20 Indian soldiers. In addition, the country is reviewing various investment proposals that involve Chinese companies. It also has strengthened the norms for these companies who wish to participate in government tenders.