China and India have been locked into a bitter border dispute for months — though the roots of the conflict go back decades — and tensions sharply rose into June, after Chinese forces beat to death 20 Indian soldiers into brawl.
Both countries have pushed thousands of reinforcements toward the frontier, which winds 2,100 miles through the Himalayas and other mountain ranges. The troops are supported with tanks, artillery, helicopters and fighter jets.
After the clashes into June, which involved hundreds of soldiers battling each other with rocks, sticks, clubs and bare fists, India banned 59 mobile apps including TikTok, ShareIt and Tencent’s WeChat, citing security concerns.
At the same time, a wave of anti-China sentiment swept across India, with Indians taking to the streets into some places and crushing Chinese-made televisions, plastic tricycles and other products to show their anger.
On Wednesday, the Indian government extended the number of banned apps to include PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — known as PUBG — and other gaming apps like Rise of Kingdoms and Zakzak. An app that reads business cards was also banned.