59 Chinese Apps Banned in India (and its Impact on Businesses)

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During this fight of survival with COVID-19, another melee (on-field-fight) is being fought between India and China. As many of you must know, since 5th May 2020, India-China standoff has been the latest concern of the nation. Therefore, after the political and military strategies and face-offs, now, the Government of India decided to give an economic response to China. Before Sonam Wangchuk’s appeal to boycott Chinese products could have settled down, India officially banned 59 Chinese apps, including some of the leading apps like TikTok and SHAREit. A notification signed on 29th June 2020 has officiated the ban of these apps. 

Having said that, the ripple effect of this action has surely affected the economies of the nations as well as businesses all over the world.

List of 59 Chinese Apps Banned 

  1. TikTok 
  2. SHAREit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu Maps
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU Battery Saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam Makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browser
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. NewsDog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault-Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. QQ Launcher
  52. Baidu Translate
  53. VMate
  54. QQ International
  55. U Video
  56. VFly Status Video
  57. QQ Security Center
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

As the program Vocal for Local reached the global debate on economic theory: protectionism, the Indian market had its tables turn. In addition, due to the ban on these apps, not only economies as a whole but businesses have faced impacts, both positive and negative. 

59 Chinese apps banned
Source: Business Standard

Positive Impact on Businesses

As pointed out by the Ministry of Home Affairs, some of these Chinese apps were working, allegedly, as data mining sources. Therefore, keeping in mind the security and need for safe cyberspace, the decision: 59 Chinese apps banned was surely called for. Above all, it helped out not only customers but also many entrepreneurs globally.

  • Due to the ban on Chinese apps, the Indian market is more welcoming to newer, better, and smarter alternatives.
  • Also, the Vocal for Local and Atma Nirbhar programs are supported both by people and the government of India, therefore, Indian startups have better funding options than ever.

Related: How Vocal for Local is a boon for Indian startups

  • There are more than 11o million followers of TikTok and 130 million users of UC Browser. These statistics show the demand and popularity of apps similar, even better, to the ones that are banned. Also, the nation’s sentiment is highly in favor of the local businesses, you might want to tap into it and see for yourself.
  • The technology sector has a new scope to grow tremendously in the safety and security sections, after all, that is what the apps lacked. The customers are now more informed, thus, more appreciative of measures taken to protect their digital privacy. Having said that, a safer version of these apps is what customers are eyeing for. 

Negative Impact on Businesses 

There has been an obvious resistance amongst some business owners as well as customers since India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, publicly urged India to go local on 13th May 2020. Also, a memo passed for the Indian Army and for people directly associated with them to stop using TikTok did not help the situation. 

  • The loss in customer base amounts to a rough estimate of 750 million to 1 billion subscribers of the whole host of Chinese apps that have been deleted.
  • In the month of May-June, after the memo incident, TikTok alone suffered a downturn in its download by 38% in India. 

Related: How India was one of the biggest international markets for UC Browser 

Except for these anticipated yet huge losses within countries involved (India and China), a negative impact might be seen in the businesses worldwide as a result of this economic retaliation. 

  • The employees working in offices under these apps will be left on the rope until further, better procedures come into action. 
  • The entrepreneurs who have been using apps like to market their products and for advertisement, did not only face losses but will also have to come up with new strategies excluding these apps.
  • Remember how China’s economy became one of the leading ones? That’s right, by dismissing the biggest brands like Google. This action by the Indian government is mostly going to have a domino effect, businesses involving or associating import and export with China are at high risks. 


While the debate exists between the ones who are calling it an unprecedented, correct decision and the ones who are saying this is just a symbolic gesture, between the ones who view protectionism as an end to globalization and the ones who view it as a safety measure, what’s important is to rise to the occasion and come out better. In conclusion, with the elimination of such a high level of competitors, the market has the carpet laid for you. 


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