China strongly opposes the actions of the US authorities against the Chinese applications TikTok and WeChat. This was announced on Friday, August 7, by Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“Washington, using national security as an excuse, is constantly abusing state power to put pressure on non-American companies for no reason; this is obviously hegemonic behavior, China is firmly against it,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.
Wenbin also stressed that Beijing will protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese business, Reuters reports.
The previous day, U.S. President Donald Trump signed decrees “On the fight against the threat”, allegedly coming from Chinese applications WeChat and TikTok. In accordance with the documents within 45 days should be terminated any transactions in the U.S. jurisdiction with the Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent – owners of applications.
The decrees named TikTok and WeChat as a threat to national security, economy and politics in the United States.
The U.S. administration accused the applications of collecting user data, including location and search history.
On August 3, the U.S. president said that Microsoft or another U.S. company must buy TikTok before September 15, otherwise the application will be banned in the country.