The Chinese ByteDance has decided to reduce the size of its Indian team and does not know when the company will return to India, he said Wednesday in an internal memo to employees.

India has decided to maintain its ban on the video app TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps after examining the companies’ responses on issues such as compliance and privacy, two sources with direct knowledge of the company told Reuters on Tuesday. the question.

The apps were banned amid mounting tensions between India and China following a border clash between the two countries last year.

“We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived … we find that it has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in an internal memo to staff, seen by Reuters.

“We just can’t responsibly remain full until our applications are up and running … we don’t know when we’ll be coming back to India.”