Following India, US indicates it could ban Chinese apps
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated that the United States is considering banning Chinese social media apps. “I don’t want to get out in front of the president [Trump], but it is something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.
India had last week banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The ban, which comes in the backdrop of the current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh with Chinese troops, is also applicable for WeChat and Bigo Live.
The Information and Technology Ministry in a statement said it has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India".
At that time, Pompeo had praised New Delhi, saying it will "boost India's integrity and national security". "We welcome India's ban on certain mobile apps that serves as an appendage of the CCP's (Chinese Communist Party) surveillance state," Pompeo told reporters at a news conference. "India’s clean app approach will boost India's sovereignty. It will also boost India's integrity and national security," he said.
Pompeo on China policy
The United States has to take a different path on China as the previous policy of helping them open up their economy with the belief that this would lead to more political freedom has not worked, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. "The theory of the case that was more economic opening will lead to more political freedoms, more fundamental rights being provided to the Chinese people, just turned out not to have been true. It just didn't work. I'm not criticising those who came before; we can now plainly see that it didn't work, and that means the United States has to take a different path, Pompeo told Tony Perkins of Washington Watch in an interview.