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China hits back at US ban on TikTock and WiChat upload with restrictions on foreign companies

China has today introduced a mechanism to restrict the activities of foreign companies in response to a US ban on uploading the TikTok (TikTok) and WiChat (WeChat) apps starting tomorrow, France Press reported.
China's list of “unreliable organizations” - in which the names of foreign companies are not publicly reported - envisions potential sanctions including fines, restricting activities and even the access of materials and staff to China, BTA reported.

Its entry into force is seen as a response to a similar list compiled by Washington in order to exclude Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei (Huawei) from the US market and then follow measures against TikTok and WiChat.

Earlier, China's Ministry of Commerce warned that if the US continues with unilateral action, China will adopt the necessary measures to protect the rights and interests of Chinese companies.

According to the US Commerce Ministry, the Chinese Communist Party has proven that it has the means and intention to use these applications to jeopardize national security, foreign policy and the US economy.

Washington, however, has left a loophole for TikTok - a very popular app among youth allowing filming and sharing short videos - giving it until November 12 before banning its activities in the US entirely. Its current users simply will not be able to update it.

If the app fixes national security issues by then, the ban on uploading may be lifted, the Commerce Ministry said.

However, the WiChat app, which has about 19 million users in the US, will be almost completely deactivated on US territory from tomorrow.

Currently, negotiations by TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to sell its American activities to a US company have stalled.

Yesterday, TikTok asked a US court to block President Donald Trump's administration ban, assuring it gives maximum security and privacy guarantees to American consumers, which are 100 million.


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