President Trump has indicated he will step up pressure on Chinese companies, such as e-commerce giant Alibaba, after his latest action against TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance.
At a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey on Saturday, Trump was asked if he was considering banning other Chinese companies, such as Alibaba.
“Well, we’re looking at other things, yeah,” Trump said without going into details, Reuters reported.
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The question came after Trump gave ByteDance 90 days on Friday to cede US operations of its TikTok app. The executive order cited “credible evidence” suggesting that ByteDance “may take action that threatens to undermine the national security of the United States.”
ByteDance has also been ordered to remove “all data obtained or derived” from TikTok users in the United States.
Trump last week ordered sweeping but vague bans on dealing with Chinese owners of TikTok and the WeChat messaging app, claiming they pose a threat to national security, foreign policy and the state economy -United. It’s still unclear what TikTok commands mean to the app’s 100 million US users, many of whom are teens or young adults who use it to post and watch short videos.
Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok.
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Regarding Alibaba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a press conference earlier this month in Washington that the company must ensure that Americans’ personal information cannot be obtained through cloud software. Chinese.
“We protect Americans’ most sensitive personal information and the most valuable intellectual property of our businesses – including COVID vaccine research – from access on cloud systems managed by companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, China Mobile, China Telecom and Tencent, ”Pompeo said at the time.
“The State Department will work closely with Commerce and other agencies to limit the ability of Chinese cloud service providers to collect, store and process large amounts of sensitive data and information here in the United States. ”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.