Some apps on the banned list are very popular in India, especially TikTok.
Rong said the ban would affect Indian jobs, and urged India to treat all investments and service providers equally, and create an open, fair and just business environment.
TikTok added that it continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of its users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government.
The Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology announced the ban on Monday, stating that the Chinese-made applications were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order". We have reached out to Google, Apple, ByteDance and several others for comment.
Anti-China sentiment has long simmered in India over accusations of cheap imports flooding the country, but the border clash has brought tensions to the fore with calls being made to boycott Chinese products.
"The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps. for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India", the officials were quoted as saying by the Times of India. Users who have an account on TikTok but uninstalled it will also not be able to access the app anymore.
In May, India ranked as the top country for new TikTok users, accounting for 20% of the app's almost 112 million downloads around the world, according to Sensor Tower.
The mass app ban comes after the deadly clash in a disputed area of the Himalayas earlier this month, which reportedly killed 20 Indian troops.
India has been the biggest untapped market for some of China's quirkiest social-media companies, which had been signing up hundreds of millions of consumers in the world's second-most populous nation, looking to capture users who weren't hooked on to U.S. apps such as Facebook and Twitter.
Chinese smartphone makers command more than 80% of the smartphone market in India, which is the world's second largest.
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