The Department said Friday that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok on an app store will be prohibited. Apple and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Trump administration says it will effectively cripple WeChat, the mobile chat/payment service popular with millions of Americans, on Sunday. The administration will do the same thing to TikTok, the mobile video service popular with tens of millions of Americans — but only after the November election.
Companies with ties to China or its government now occupy critical choke points of American society.
This is no accident. President Xi Jinping’s stated the “Chinese Dream” of global dominance. We warned GST members about this 5 years ago: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/china-dream-liu-mingfu-power/394748/
Since China adopted the National Intelligence Law in June 2017, all Chinese citizens and companies have been under a legal obligation to help the government gather intelligence (and keep any cooperation secret). The law allows China’s intelligence services to embed their people and devices or to requisition facilities in any premise, anywhere, for that purpose.
The commerce department announced Friday morning that it would ban U.S. business transactions with China-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday. CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa explains the implications of a WeChat ban means for the app’s parent company Tencent as well as Americans who use the app to communicate with Chinese residents.