On Thursday, US President Donald Trump issued executive orders banning US dealings with Chinese tech companies Tencent and ByteDance.
Tencent owns the Chinese messaging app WeChat, while BitDance is the Beijing-based parent of the widely popular short video sharing app TikTok. The ban will take effect within 45 days and may be met with retaliation from Beijing.
While the scope of the ban remains unclear, the executive orders said that after 45 days, Commerce Secretary (Wilbur Ross) must “determine which transactions” would be subject to the ban. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a press conference that it strongly opposes the executive orders, according to a news agency Reuters. Foreign Ministry spokesman (Wang Wenbin) added that Beijing will defend the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.
Trump said in Executive order Who bans WeChat: The app “automatically seizes massive amounts of information from its users,” adding that this data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party to access personal and US-owned information, adding that the app also seizes personal information of Chinese citizens visiting the states United.
Trump said in Executive order Which bans TikTok: The popular app “can also be used in disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party.” “The United States must take offensive measures against TikTok owners to protect our national security,” he added.
As for TikTok, it has consistently denied these allegations. She says: The data of American users is stored in the same country with a backup copy in Singapore, and that its data centers are located outside China, which means that the information is not subject to Chinese law. However, experts pointed to existing legislation in China that could force domestic Chinese companies such as ByteDance and others to hand over data to Beijing.
And Microsoft announced on Sunday that it is in talks with (ByteDance) to acquire (TikTok) business in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand within the next three weeks, before the deadline of 15 September.
In a statement, Tik Tok said that she was “shocked” by the executive order and also said: “It was issued without any due process of law.” “For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the United States government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we faced instead was that management paid no attention to the facts, dictated the terms of the agreement without going through standard legal procedures, and tried to involve itself in negotiations between private companies. ”