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India has chosen sides in the US-China tech war

New Delhi ban on Chinese apps after border clash fits into wider conflict

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Anti-China activists shout slogans during a protest in Jammu on July 1: the ban will likely lead to economic retaliation and escalation on both sides.   © AP

Jai Vipra is a technology policy researcher focusing on the economics of digital platforms in the Global South.

When the Indian government banned 59 Chinese-owned apps last week, following a border clash which killed more than 20 Indian soldiers, commentators called the response comical for its lack of proportion.

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