India, which blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese companies at the end of last month because they pose a threat to the country's security, has banned another 47 apps today.
The country's new Ministry of Electronics and IT ban is aimed at apps that facilitate access to previously blocked services such as TikTok and cam scanner. One of the new apps to be blocked is Cam Scanner Advance. An official statement from New Delhi is expected shortly.
The ban on 59 apps affecting TikTok, WeChat, ShareIt and UC Browser in India at the end of last month was seen as the latest conflict between the two most populous countries in the world.
Sentiment against China has grown in importance in India in recent months, and things have escalated when more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a military clash in the Himalayas last month. TikTok, Club Factory and UC Browser, as well as other apps together, had more than 500 million active users per month in May, according to one of the leading Mobile Insight companies.
Today's move comes as the Indian government is considering restricting access to several other Chinese apps and services. Local media such as The Economic Times and India Today reported Monday that New Delhi is reviewing another 275 Chinese apps, including ByteDance's resource music streaming service and popular game PUBG – although no decision has yet been made.