On August 6, trump signed an executive order saying that it would prohibit any U.S. enterprise or individual from conducting any transaction with byte skipping of tiktok parent company, or transactions related to wechat with Tencent and its subsidiaries. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on the 18th that the prohibited transactions are as follows: from September 20, it is prohibited to provide any services for distributing or maintaining wechat or tiktok applications, component codes or application updates through AOL mobile app store; and prohibit providing any services for transferring funds or processing payment in the United States through wechat.
Users who have downloaded tiktok and wechat will not see the app disappear from their phones, but will not be able to update the software, the US business insider website said on the 18th. An American official told Reuters that the order made the two apps deplatform in the United States and banned Apple App Stores, Google play and other companies from providing these apps on any platform accessible from within the United States..
CNN said the restrictions on wechat were more extensive. Since Sunday, companies have been banned from providing wechat with any Internet hosting, content distribution and other services, which means that they no longer support the operation and optimization of the app in the United States. For tiktok, the effective date of these restrictions is November 12.
Shen Yi, director of Fudan Universitys cyberspace international governance research base, told the global times on the 18th that from the perspective of the ban issued by the US side, the relevant measures are only implemented in the United States. U.S. companies are still able to operate on wechat outside the U.S. and trade with Tencents other businesses, such as games, Reuters said.
The threats posed by wechat and tiktok are different but similar, both of which collect a large amount of data from users, including web activity, location data, browsing and search history, which pose unacceptable risks to us national security, the Commerce Department said in a statement.
Fang Xingdong, President of the Internet and Social Research Institute of Zhejiang Media University, told the global times on the 18th that the ban involves a large number of groups and will face great resistance in its implementation.
US media: tiktok has a hard time ahead
White House chief of staff meadows said on the 17th that if tiktok was only repackaged and the majority of the Chinese held the shares, it would be against Trumps original intention. The Wall Street Journal said on the 18th that the future road of this deal will be more difficult. Byte jitter has confirmed to Chinese media that tiktok transaction must go through the standard regulatory approval process of China and the United States.
The US Department of Commerce said in a statement on the 18th that the relevant ban could be lifted if the national security problems brought about by tiktok are solved before November 12. Shen Yi believes that the US sides mention of the date may mean that the White House will not announce the outcome of the tiktok deal in these two days. At the same time, he said that the deadline of November 12 is obviously closely related to the agenda of the US general election. In other words, this order of the US Department of Commerce reflects Trumps will, it serves his election and lacks legal spirit..
The Democrats put forward the fight against China bill
On the 17th, U.S. Assistant Secretary of state for Asia Pacific Affairs, John Stilwell, once again launched a vicious attack on China at a hearing, denouncing China as a threat to the rule-based international order, claiming that the United States did not want other countries to choose their sides, but called on them to resist Chinas malicious acts.
It is not just Republicans who hype the China threat for the election. On the 17th, 11 Democratic senators proposed the US leadership act 2020. The bill aims to strengthen the medical supply chain in the United States, support new technologies such as 5g and artificial intelligence, and crack down on intellectual property theft, dumping and exchange rate manipulation, Hong Kongs South China Morning Post reported on the 18th. In addition, the bill intends to support the presidents full implementation of the sanctions law against malicious acts of the Chinese government, and will allow some Hong Kong and Xinjiang residents to apply for admission to the United States.
According to the New York Times, Senate Democrats have come up with their most comprehensive strategy to date to confront and compete with China. The focus of the bill is to support the research and development of science and technology in the United States. It plans to allocate US $300 billion over four years and invest about US $16 billion in the US semiconductor industry to help the us maintain its advantage over Beijing. In addition, Democrats plan to provide $125 million in military spending to the Indo Pacific region in four years.
Schumer said on the 17th that the bill is to combat the predatory trade behavior and aggressive military activities of the Communist Party of China. Trumps policy is not to meet these challenges, but to pave the red carpet for Beijing, said menendes, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Lu Xiang, a researcher at the American Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the global times on the 18th that the bill basically represents a programmatic document of the Democratic Party to formulate various economic policy plans for economic development. But if the goal of these policies is to contain and suppress China, then it is bullying.
Li Haidong, a professor of China Foreign Affairs University, told the global times on the 18th that the US side has issued a series of strategic reports on China. This trend is indeed worrying about the future of Sino US relations, but the specific development in the future still depends on the interaction between the two sides.