Few days back India banned 59 Chinese apps due security issue. However now, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. Notably,Pompeo’s remarks come amid ongoing US-China tensions over the origination, handling of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus, Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.
In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at.”
Earlier, he had welcomed India’s move, saying the “clean app” policy will promote New Delhi’s national security against the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) spying on the country.
“We welcome India’s ban on certain mobile apps that can serve as appendages of the CCP’s surveillance state. India’s ‘clean app’ approach will boost India’s sovereignty, will also boost India’s integrity and national security as the Indian government itself has stated,” he told reporters last week.
Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to serve in the US cabinet, had praised India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, saying New Delhi “is continuing to show it won’t back down from Chinas aggression”.