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App Ban Shows India Won’t Back Down By China’s Aggression: Nikki Haley

Mumbai: Following the Chinese apps banned by the Indian government Republican leader and Indian American Nikki Haley said that India was continuing to show that it won’t back down from Chinese aggression.

“Good to see India ban 59 popular apps owned by Chinese firms, including TikTok, which counts India as one of its largest markets,” Haley tweeted on Wednesday.

“India is continuing to show it won’t back down from China’s aggression,” the former US Ambassador to the UN said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed India’s decision in this regard. He said  it will “boost India’s integrity and national security.”

Pompeo told reporters at a press conference held at the Foreign Department’s Phogi Bottom Headquarters, “We welcome India’s ban on some mobile apps that serve as an addendum to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) surveillance state.” 

He said, “India’s Clean App approach will boost India’s sovereignty. It will also boost India’s integrity and national security.”

India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the highly popular Tiktok and UC browsers, which engage in “India’s sovereignty and integrity, a precursor to India’s defense” activities.

The ban came against the backdrop of the current standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. On June 15, tensions rose manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but has not yet been reported.

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