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India Blocks Several Alibaba Apps in Widening Chinese Blacklist

  • The country bans another 43 Chinese apps including Aliexpress
  • India’s tech leaders are pushing for even stronger actions
The government said the bans are in the interest of national security.

The government said the bans are in the interest of national security.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

India banned another 43 Chinese apps including some of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s key shopping services, expanding its mobile blacklist to more than 200 applications.

The latest action encompassed a number of apps run by the e-commerce giant including Aliexpress, one of its largest malls for overseas shoppers, and Taobao Live, a fast-growing video-based marketplace. India also blocked more than a dozen dating and gaming platforms. They join some of China’s best-known apps from Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat to ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok.