U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order against TikTok and WeChat, saying he will stop any transactions with Byte Dance, the parent company of TikTok, after 45 days, and banning any weChat-related deals with WeChat’s parent company, Tencent. But how to ban it? These issues are not clear in the executive order.
On Saturday night, Bloomberg State Department correspondent Nicholas Wadhams, citing people familiar with the matter, said on Twitter that the deal ban could include the addition of TikTok and WeChat in Google and Apple’s App stores.
The U.S. Commerce Department is considering whether to ban a series of transactions related to TikTok and WeChat, such as three possible trading bans, Mr. Wadham said on Twitter, citing a person familiar with the matter:
1. Cannot enter into a licensing agreement with them to make these apps available in the app store (as this puts Google and Apple at risk);
2, cannot run ads on TikTok.
3. Cannot agree to the TikTok service agreement and download it to the phone (because doing so means agreeing to an intellectual property license agreement with the developer)
Earlier, The Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Dean quoted White House officials as saying that Trump’s executive ban on WeChat was limited to WeChat-related transactions and did not involve Tencent’s gaming business.
This afternoon, Byte Dance issued a statement in response to the U.S. government executive order, saying he was shocked that the President’s latest executive order did not follow due process of law and said it would go to U.S. courts if the U.S. government failed to treat it fairly.
In response to questions, spokesman Wang Wenbin said in response to questions that the companies concerned conduct business activities in the United States in accordance with market principles and international rules and abide by U.S. laws and regulations. The U.S. side, on the pretext of national security, frequently uses state power to unreasonably suppress non-U.S. enterprises, which is a blatant act of bullying, and China firmly opposes it. We also note that many people in the United States and many people in the international community have recently criticized and questioned the United States approach.
Wang Wenbin said, “Get more help, lose the way to help.” The U.S. side will not hesitate to harm the interests of the vast number of users and companies in the United States, will be self-interest above market principles and international rules, wanton political manipulation and political repression, in exchange for their own moral decline, damage to the national image and the international trust deficit, and ultimately will also self-indulge in the fruits. We urge the U.S. side to listen carefully to the rational voice of the U.S. and the international community, correct the wrong practices, refrain from politicizing economic issues, stop cracking down on enterprises, and provide a fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for the normal operation and investment of enterprises in various countries.