China struck back in the United States after President Donald Trump signed executive orders restricting dealings with Chinese firms that own TikTok and WeChat devices. On Thursday, in a significant escalation of tensions with Beijing, US President Donald Trump released orders banning any US dealings with Chinese firms ByteDance and Tencent. Executive directives shall take effect within 45 days.
As noted by the US move to ban its apps, China warned the US. China said that the US decision to block Chinese apps goes against market values and urged Washington to “correct its mistakes,” Reuters said. U.S. — President Donald Trump announced Thursday sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of the TikTok video-sharing app, and Tencent, operator of the WeChat app, starting in 45 days, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing.
Trump issued directives under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a statute that gives the president broad authority to prohibit US companies or individuals from exchanging or performing financial transactions with approved parties. Tiktok, the immensely successful video-sharing app, has come under fire from U.S. senators and the U.S. government over national security and data collection.