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India signals tougher stance with ban on Chinese apps

The ban on the apps deprives China of a growing and young market that Chinese firms, like Tik Tok and WeChat, have been keen on tapping.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - A ban on 59 Chinese mobile apps announced by India may seem like a slap on the wrist considering that tensions are running high following the worst border flare-up in decades between the two Asian giants.

But it is intended as a message to China that it cannot be business as usual with New Delhi following the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the violent clash in the Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region on June 15. An unknown number of Chinese soldiers were also believed to have been killed.

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