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India is currently focusing on crafting a brave new foreign policy that can take on Chinese hegemony in Asia

As the world is trying to endure COVID-19 pandemic, in the mean time Chinese President Xi Jinping is pursuing his quest for regional dominance more aggressively than ever. Xi seems to be picking up where Mao Zedong left off. Mao’s 1962 war against India helped China gain more territory in Ladakh.
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Since past April and May, Xi had the People’s Liberation Army carry out a series of well-coordinated incursions into Ladakh. He then deployed large troops along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) with Ladakh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh, which led to bloody clashes in Ladakh on June 15, leaving 20 Indian soldiers, and an unknown number of Chinese troops, dead.

China due to its powerful nationalism and strong economy is seeking more territory from its neighbors and trying to dominate their region.They somehow forgot the theory of co-existence and harmony, and this increased Chinese influence and interference generated  a surge of worry among all the countries in Asia , but it’s India who took the first step against them.

Our foreign minister S Jaishankar has remarked that India must “exploit” the altered international situation, “step out more”, “take risks” and make critical “choices”. On wake of that , India’s digital strike at China’s 59 app and it’s first global social media sensation, TikTok, abated it of loss of around 300 million users and inflicted $6 billion worth of losses on it.

According to some sources , the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned more 47 apps which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 Chinese apps that were banned in June. These 47 banned app clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite, and VFY Lite. Even a list of 250 more chinese apps are being made which includes apps like Alibaba and Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG.

Sources said that the Chinese applications, that are being reviewed, have allegedly been sharing data with the Chinese agencies and all the apps those were banned were engaged in activities that were prejudicial to the privacy of the users and  defense of India. Thus a government press release is made, announcing the ban stated: “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology  Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order”.

Likewise more and more reformed policies and trade barriers should be brought in action if China doesn’t mend its ways. Because, China has an export driven economy, which has already suffered due to outbreak of coronavirus-which caused collapsing of demand for its manufactured items globally. By clouting its market size and a loss in their no of consumers, India can impel China to moderate its behavior. India made it’s first step against them, so now let’s wait and hope for more radical steps to be made by our government in the days ahead.

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