Chinese authorities consider the decision of the U.S. administration to cancel the decree banning the use of applications TikTok and WeChat a positive step. It was announced by China’s Commerce Ministry spokesperson Gao Feng on Thursday, June 10.
“The U.S. announcing the repeal of decrees concerning WeChat and other apps is a positive step in the right direction,” he said in a briefing.
At the same time, Gao Feng noted that PRC authorities have drawn attention to the United States’ request for security risk checks on foreign apps. He also pointed out that the U.S. Foreign Investment Committee is still conducting a review of TikTok.
“We hope that the U.S. will treat Chinese companies impartially and fairly and avoid politicizing trade and economic issues,” the Commerce Department official added.
The day before, U.S. President Joe Biden reversed an executive order by his predecessor Donald Trump to ban transactions with TikTok, WeChat and eight other communications and financial technology software applications. As noted, the administration of the current head of state supports an open, reliable and secure Internet.
It was pointed out that further decision on the use of applications will be made based on criteria and careful analysis to eliminate the risks associated with transactions involving software applications that are designed, developed, manufactured or provided by individuals who are controlled or subject to the jurisdiction of foreign nations, including China.
In November 2019, U.S. national security authorities began investigating the owner of the social networking site TikTok, a Chinese company called ByteDance Technology.
Trump signed the “Counter Threat Order” allegedly emanating from the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on August 6, 2020. He explained his demands with national security concerns and fears that American data were being handed over to Chinese authorities.
The social network in the States under the decree of the head of state was to be banned from November 12, because its owner company did not have time to agree to sell the American segment of the service to national companies. Earlier, to avoid the ban, it had agreed to sell 20% of its stake to Oracle and Walmart.
The full blocking of the app in the U.S. has been postponed several times.