•   
  •   

World China slams US 'bullying', warns of action over TikTok, WeChat

11:11  19 september  2020
11:11  19 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Trump is shutting down WeChat in the US but will let TikTok live until after the election

  Trump is shutting down WeChat in the US but will let TikTok live until after the election Both companies have Chinese owners. One of them has support from Trump-backers.And the administration says it will do the same thing to TikTok, the mobile video service popular with tens of millions of Americans — but only after the November election.

“ China urges the US to abandon bullying , cease (its) wrongful actions and earnestly maintain fair The administration has targeted TikTok , owned by Chinese tech giant Bytedance, over national But TikTok was not finished yet, Mourey warned . A lot can still happen before November 12, “and don’t

China warns of necessary measures to safeguard interests of its companies after US bans downloads of TikTok and WeChat . Under Friday’s order, the Tencent-owned WeChat app would lose functionality in the US from Sunday onwards, while TikTok users will be banned from installing

a close up of a man making a face for the camera: A picture of US President Donald Trump is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Tik Tok and WeChat logos [Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters] © [Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters] A picture of US President Donald Trump is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Tik Tok and WeChat logos [Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters]

China has accused the United States of "bullying" and threatened to take "necessary" countermeasures after Washington banned downloads of the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the messaging super-app WeChat.

Trump's ban on WeChat leaves many people, especially Chinese Americans, scrambling to find ways to stay in contact with loved ones in China

  Trump's ban on WeChat leaves many people, especially Chinese Americans, scrambling to find ways to stay in contact with loved ones in China [NFA] A lawyer for Julian Assange told a London court on Friday that she was present when an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump offered to arrange a pardon for the WikiLeaks founder in return for information that would "benefit President Trump politically." Conway G. Gittens has more.

China has accused the United States of " Bullying " and threatened to take "Necessary" countermeasures after Washington banned Friday's order follows weeks of deal-making over TikTok , with US President Donald Trump pressuring ByteDance to sell TikTok 's US operations to a

The United States made moves against TikTok and WeChat , citing national security grounds and escalating a fight with Beijing over digital technology.PHOTO: REUTERS. But in a response to the US steps, China ’s Commerce Ministry on Saturday condemned what it called US “ bullying ”, saying it

"China urges the US to abandon bullying, cease its wrongful actions and earnestly maintain fair and transparent international rules and order," the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on Saturday.

"If the US insists on going its own way, China will take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies."

The United States Commerce Department announced the bans on Friday, citing national security grounds although China and the companies have denied US user data is collected for spying

Under Friday's order, the Tencent-owned WeChat app would lose functionality in the US from Sunday onwards. TikTok users will be banned from installing updates but could keep accessing the service through November 12.

A US judge has blocked Trump’s plan to ban WeChat

  A US judge has blocked Trump’s plan to ban WeChat The ban against the Chinese-owned app was supposed to go into effect Sunday night.Trump’s proposed ban of WeChat — which would have forced Apple and Google to remove the software from their app stores, and was seemingly meant to degrade the service so existing app users would find it unworkable — was supposed to go into effect at midnight Sunday.

China warns of necessary measures to safeguard interests of its companies after US bans downloads of TikTok and WeChat .

China has accused the United States of " bullying " and threatened to take "necessary" countermeasures after Washington banned downloads of the Chinese video-sharing app, TikTok , and effectively blocked the use of the messaging super-app, WeChat . Separately, Beijing also launched

The timeframe gives TikTok's parent group ByteDance some breathing space to clinch an agreement over the fate of its US operations.

"We disagree with the decision from the Commerce Department, and are disappointed that it stands to block new app downloads from Sunday and ban use of the TikTok app in the US from November 12," ByteDance said in a statement.

"We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order."

TikTok says it has 100 million US users and 700 million globally.

'Very very popular'

Friday's order follows weeks of deal-making over TikTok, with US President Donald Trump pressuring ByteDance to sell TikTok's US operations to a domestic company to satisfy Washington's concerns over TikTok's data collection and related issues.

California tech giant Oracle recently struck a deal with TikTok along those lines, although details remain foggy.

Trump said on Friday said he was open to a deal, noting that "we have some great options and maybe we can keep a lot of people happy," suggesting that even Microsoft, which said its TikTok bid had been rejected, might continue to be involved, as well as Oracle and Walmart.

Trump vows to block any TikTok deal that allows Chinese control

  Trump vows to block any TikTok deal that allows Chinese control A deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok was thrown into doubt Monday by President Donald Trump, who vowed to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control. Trump on Monday told Fox News that TikTok's Chinese parent firm ByteDance "will have nothing to do with it and if they do, then we just won't make the deal."The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert a US-ordered ban of TikTok, which the Trump administration has called a national security risk and has threatened to ban without ownership changes.

" China urges the US to abandon bullying , cease (its) wrongful actions and earnestly maintain fair and transparent international rules and order," a statement by the That timeframe potentially allows for a tie-up between TikTok , owned by China 's ByteDance, and a US company to safeguard data to allay

China accused the United States of "political suppression" after President Donald Trump signed twin executive orders restricting US citizens' use of TikTok and Trump said that the TikTok app could be used for disinformation campaigns, benefiting the ruling party in China . The president added that data

Trump noted that TikTok was "very, very popular," said "we have to have the total security from China," and added that "we can do a combination of both".

The bans are in response to a pair of executive orders issued by Trump on August 6 that gave the Commerce Department 45 days to determine what transactions to block from the apps he deemed pose a national security threat. That deadline expires on Sunday.

The Trump administration has ramped up efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps from US digital networks amid escalating tensions with Beijing on a range of issues from trade and human rights to the battle for tech supremacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Commerce Department's order "violates the First Amendment rights of people in the United States by restricting their ability to communicate and conduct important transactions on the two social media platforms".

The action against WeChat, used by over 1 billion people worldwide, bars the transfer of funds or processing of payments to or from people in the US through it. Users could also start to experience significantly slower service or sporadic outages from Sunday night.

The ban on using WeChat in the United States suspended by a judge

 The ban on using WeChat in the United States suspended by a judge © Copyright 2020, L'Obs Latest episode to date in the saga on the fate of TikTok and WeChat applications in the United States: the restrictions that should prevent from Sunday the normal use of WeChat, of the Chinese group Tencent , were temporarily suspended by a judge. The Commerce Department announced on Friday that it would ban downloading one of China's most popular apps in the country in the name of national security.

WeChat developer Tencent Holdings' called the order "unfortunate" but said it "will continue to discuss with the government and other stakeholders in the US ways to achieve a long-term solution".

WeChat has had an average of 19 million daily active users in the US, analytics firms Apptopia said in early August. It is popular among Chinese students, ex-pats and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.

The order does not ban US companies from doing businesses on WeChat outside the US, which will be welcome news to US firms such as Walmart and Starbucks that use WeChat's embedded 'mini-app' programmes to facilitate transactions and engage consumers in China, officials said.

The order will not bar transactions with Tencent's other businesses, including its online gaming operations, and will not prohibit Apple, Google or others from offering TikTok or WeChat apps anywhere outside the US.

WeChat users have sued to stop the ban, and a federal judge in California on Friday set an emergency hearing for Saturday at 1:30 pm Pacific time.

China Accuses U.S. Of 'Shamelessly Robbing' TikTok and Warns It Is 'Prepared to Fight' .
"This is blunt bullying. It's a robbery of Chinese company's achievements under the guise of security," the editorial by state mouthpiece, the Global Times, said.Reacting to the news that a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to TikTok and its parent company ByteDance on Sunday, saving it from being booted from mobile app stores in the U.S., the Global Times criticized the Trump administration.

usr: 1
This is interesting!