AliExpress, 42 other Chinese apps blocked by government in latest round of bans

The banned apps were engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, government.

Highlights
  • Government blocks 43 apps in India over defence and security concerns
  • The list includes AliExpress, Lalamove India, CamCard, WeTV, Cashier Wallet, and more
  • AliExpress joins the likes of PUBG Mobile and TikTok as major internet players to get banned in India

The government has banned 43 more Chinese apps in India for “engaging in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India.” This is the fourth time the government has announced a ban on China-based apps over national security concerns. Though there are not many prominent names in the current list, AliExpress – the consumer e-commerce app of the Chinese giant Alibaba – has been banned from operating in the Indian market due to the new ban. AliExpress joins the likes of PUBG Mobile and TikTok as major internet players to get banned in India.

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The full list of 43 Chinese apps banned this time around is below:

  • AliSuppliers Mobile App
  • Alibaba Workbench
  • AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living
  • Alipay Cashier
  • Lalamove India – Delivery App
  • Drive with Lalamove India
  • Snack Video
  • CamCard – Business Card Reader
  • CamCard – BCR (Western)
  • Soul- Follow the soul to find you
  • Chinese Social – Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
  • Date in Asia – Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
  • WeDate-Dating App
  • Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
  • Adore App
  • TrulyChinese – Chinese Dating App
  • TrulyAsian – Asian Dating App
  • ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
  • DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
  • AsianDate: find Asian singles
  • FlirtWish: chat with singles
  • Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
  • Tubit: Live Streams
  • WeWorkChina
  • First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
  • Rela – Lesbian Social Network
  • Cashier Wallet
  • MangoTV
  • MGTV-HunanTV official TV App
  • WeTV – TV version
  • WeTV – Cdrama, Kdrama&More
  • WeTV Lite
  • Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App
  • Taobao Live
  • DingTalk
  • Identity V
  • Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
  • BoxStar (Early Access)
  • Heroes Evolved
  • Happy Fish
  • Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island!
  • Munchkin Match: magic home building
  • Conquista Online II
In June this year, the government banned 59 Chinese apps from operating in India, followed by 47 in the next round of bans in July. The last such round of app bans was in September, which saw 118 apps, including PUBG Mobile and VPN for TikTok, get blocked. Like the previous three rounds, today’s ban has been implemented under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Some of the Chinese apps banned in the past have appealed to the government to change its stance and allow them to operate in India. PUBG Mobile — owned by South Korea’s Krafton — is planning a relaunch in India and has tied up with Microsoft to bypass the ban. TikTok, on the other hand, chose to bow out of India and shut its local operations.