|The messenger app WeChat and short-video app TikTok are seen near China and US flags in this illustration picture taken Aug 7, 2020. (Photo BY=REUTERS/Florence Lo)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] BEIJING: On Thursday (Jun 10), China’s Ministry of Commerce said that a US move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries.
Ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said at a regular news briefing on Thursday, “we hope that the US will treat Chinese companies fairly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues.” Gao added the US move to revoke previous government actions against apps such as TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step in the right direction". China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated at a daily news briefing that China will continue to defend its interests. It urged the US “to stop generalizing the concept of national security and abusing state power to suppress Chinese technology enterprises".
The White House on Wednesday revoked some blanket-style orders made under former President Donald Trump against Chinese apps, like the messaging app WeChat, short video app TikTok and the Alipay payments app. A new executive order from President Joe Biden said the US would conduct an “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving apps that are created, supplied, or controlled by China. The Biden administration’s stance reflects concern that users' personal data could be exposed by popular apps tied to China if the ruling Communist Party pressures companies to share data.