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In depth: What will Chinese apps do after India ban?

Border conflict triggered move, but economic tension was already roiling ties

A girl wearing a protective mask depicting the TikTok logo poses for a picture inside a slum in Mumbai on July 1.    © Reuters

An hour after the Indian government announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps late last month, Chinese residents in this South Asian country rushed to leave alternative contact information for friends on WeChat.

"You can find me through Alipay if India really cuts off WeChat," read one posting on the Chinese social media platform that was among the banned applications.

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