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India signals tougher stance with ban on Chinese apps

A ban on 59 Chinese 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 a 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2020, with the headline 'India signals tougher stance with ban on Chinese apps'. Print Edition | Subscribe