China wants TikTok shutdown in US because forced sale would make Xi look weak against Trump: report / Boing Boing


Beijing is firmly against Trump’s forced sale of U.S. TikTok operations by Chinese owner ByteDance, and the Chinese government would prefer TikTok to end all of its U.S. operations, Reuters reported on Friday.

China has previously called the forced sale to a US-based buyer a “theft”.

ByteDance has been in talks to sell the U.S. business of TikTok to potential buyers including Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Twitter and others, since Trump threatened in August to ban TikTok if it wasn’t sold to a buyer based in the United States.

According to reports by Keith Zhai, Yingzhi Yang and Julie Zhu, published today on Reuters:

Trump gave ByteDance a mid-September deadline to finalize a deal.

However, Chinese officials believe that a forced sale would make both ByteDance and China appear weak in the face of pressure from Washington, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

ByteDance said in a statement to Reuters that the Chinese government had never suggested that it shut down TikTok in the United States or any other market.

Two of the sources said China was willing to use revisions it made to a list of technology exports on Aug. 28 to delay any deal ByteDance reached, if it had to.

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