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Donald Trump Orders Ban On Transactions With Eight More Chinese Apps

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order prohibiting businesses with eight Chinese apps which include Alipay and WeChat Pay. The decision was made to protect America’s national security.

As per CNN reports Donald Trump’s order stated that for the national emergency certain action needs to be done which is caused by the penetrating of the spread of apps designed and controlled in China. Chinese Applications like- Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Office will come into effect in 45 days.

Donald Trump stated that the velocity and penetrating of the spread in the United States of certain connected mobile and desktop applications and other software developed or controlled by Chinese people, including  Hong Kong and Macau (China) which will continue to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.

In an executive order, Trump stated that action must be taken to address the threat posed by these Chinese software applications. The orders follow two others Trump signed in August banning dealings with the popular video app TikTok as well as the main WeChat app. Trump further stated that India has banned the use of more than 200 Chinese connected software applications completely the country.

According to the executive order, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology declared that the applications were taking and clandestinely communicating users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers that have locations outside India.

Trump also said that by accessing personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, Chinese connected software applications can access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information.

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Universities Tie Up With Confucius Institution Could Be Next Target After 59 Apps Ban

Universities Tie Up With ‘Confucius Institution’ Could Be Next Target After 59 Apps Ban

After banning 59 Chinese Mobile Applications, there is a review by the Education Ministry to look up the association of seven local colleges and universities with Confucius Institution. The security agencies have alerted them as due to the growing Chinese influence in higher education in India.

The Confucius Institutes are straight funded by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China with the manifest aim to promote Chinese Language and Culture. And the Ministry is also planning to review 54 MOUs signed between the educational institutions and Chinese institutions.

These institutions include IITs, BHU, JNU and NITs. The matter is already notified to the Ministry of External Affairs and the University Grants Commission.

The conflict between the countries arises many questions whether agreements between universities and the institute have broken anti-foreign interfaces laws. Even several universities have shut down the programme commanded by the Institute of Confucius in all around the world.

According to the Ranking Member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee, the Confucius Institutes are a part of the overseas promotion to protrude Beijing’s Soft power.

The Confucius Institutes in India to be reconsidered are at: the University of Mumbai; Vellore Institute of Technology; Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar; O P Jindal Global University, Sonepat; School of Chinese Language, Kolkata; Bharathiar University, Coimbatore; and KR Mangalam University, Gurugram. Even there is speculation that Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University also has an MoU with the institute through no centre has been set up yet due to some discrepancies over the constitution of the board.

Well, this is not the first time the education minister is taking this consideration. In 2019 the UGC issued a circular asking the universities to get the permissions from the central government before granting a course in correlation with any Chinese institutions.

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty

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