China in anger as Trump finally bans TikTok, Wechat

China in anger as Trump finally bans TikTok, Wechat

The Chinese government has reacted angrily to the United States’ ban on the use of social media giants, TikTok and WeChat in the US country.

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Daily Times reports that US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to block all U.S. transactions with TikTok’s Chinese parent corporation, Bytedance.

Reports also say Trump’s move, to be introduced in 45 days, bars anyone under US jurisdiction from doing business with the owners of TikTok or WeChat.

While giving his reasons for the ban, Trump said the TikTok app could be used for disinformation campaigns, benefiting the ruling party in China.

He also revealed that the use of TikTok and WeChat is a threat to US “national security, foreign policy, and economy.”

The president added that data collection by WeChat would “allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.”

However in a reaction, China accused the United States of “political suppression”

The Chinese foreign ministry stated, “the US is carrying out political manipulation and suppression,” the Chinese foreign ministry said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin told reporters that the decision came at the expense of Americans.

However, spokesman Wang said: “The US is using national security as an excuse and using state power to oppress non-American businesses. That’s just a hegemonic practice. China is firmly opposed to that,” he said.

Wang added that Trump’s act has come “at the expense of the rights and interests of US users and companies. The US is carrying out arbitrary political manipulation and suppression.”

The US ban also extends to Chinese company Tencent, which owns WeChat. The order was issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, that can bar US citizens from dealing with sanctioned parties.

It learnt that the ban comes as the world’s two biggest economies collide over a host of issues ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to democratic rights in Hong Kong; from increased tariffs to raising tensions in dealings with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

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