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China urges US to stop intimidation against TikTok and WeChat

tik tokChina on Saturday accused the United States of acts of “intimidation” by banning the download of the TikTok and WeChat applications from Sunday, and threatened to retaliate .

“If the United States persists in its unilateral actions, China will take the necessary measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies,” the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.

“China urges the United States to abandon its reprehensible acts and intimidation and to scrupulously respect international, fair and transparent rules,” the statement added.

Washington took a further step on Friday toward a ban on the two apps, owned by Chinese giants ByteDance and Tencent, justifying its decisions on alleged national security risks.

US plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat apps on Sunday

According to the decree signed by the White House, WeChat will no longer be accessible in the United States as of this Sunday . TikTok will not be able to update its app, but the service will continue to be available to US users until November 12 .

A term that should allow ByteDance to sell the American activities of TikTok to a North American company , the only solution contemplated by Washington to not simply ban the application of minivideos.

According to the US administration, these new measures have been decided to protect national security, but they aggravated opposition with Beijing on digital technology, while Donald Trump has made his combative attitude towards China one of his campaign axes, less than 50 days of the US presidential election.

(With information from AFP)

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