China-India Dispute is not Limited to the Neighbouring Countries Anymore

China-India Dispute is not Limited to the Neighbouring Countries Anymore 

Last updated on July 13th, 2020

The China-India dispute appears to be growing consistently, with India taking preventive measures to minimise China’s influence under its borders. The recent clash between the Indian and Chinese army at Galwan Valley, situated in the disputed Himalayan territory of Ladakh, is considered a major reason behind the growing conflicts between the two powerful Asian countries.

The border clashes that killed nearly 20 Indian soldiers during mid-June, evoked anti-Chinese sentiment inside India. It was soon followed by Indian government’s recent decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, along with the constant calls of boycotting Chinese goods and restricting of Chinese investments.

It is said that India is hurting its own startup ecosystem by making decisions that would affect it economy poorly, but it is China that would be affected more by such measures. The permanent exit of Chinese apps from India harms China’s global motive.

The ban on TikTok, one of the most popular video-sharing application with nearly 200 million users in India, could bring some serious damage to China’s overseas market. Other popular Chinese apps affected by the Indian ban include Alibaba Group’s UC Browser, Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, and the file-sharing app ShareIt. A report suggests that the banned apps were downloaded 750 million times this year. There is a high possibility that many other countries could follow a similar ban approach, in handling their grievances with China.

Chinese companies that aims to lead worldwide by replacing the US as world’s dominant tech power, can’t really achieve their goals if the banning of the Chinese applications becomes a global pattern. The experts believe that Beijing has lost its chance to become the tech dominant power with its border clash blunder. There is no telling, if India could put a ban on Chinese applications amid the China-India dispute, then other countries can do it too.

The US State Secretary on Monday, announced that the country was also considering a ban on Chinese applications, including TikTok. A similar announcement of TikTok ban was recently made by Australia too. This would definitely harm TikTok’s prospect of becoming a global rival to Facebook.

Despite the rising China-India dispute and the challenges followed, it is still unclear if China would vacate the occupied territory or continue the regular pattern of clashes and patrols on the land.

Other than banning the application, India is also making sure that Chinese tech-giant Huawei gets to have no role in India’s developing 5G network. For this, India has already barred its state-owned telecom firm BSNL from sourcing equipment from China’s ZTE and Huawei.

The objections have also been shifted to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, against which India voiced its concerns nearly three years ago. Through the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing has tried to maintain its presence in South Asia and closer political ties with countries such as Nepal and Sri Lanka.

If the China-India dispute continues to remain, there might come a time when it would become difficult for the South Asian countries to maintain neutrality and they would be forced to pick a side. For now, the countries like Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka are avoiding to get in the crossfire, since both India and China have a huge historical and economic influence. But the question is how long can they do that?

China on the other side is already affected by trade war with the US. Its digital warfare post China-India dispute is now expected to bring a wave of losses to the economic superpower.

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