onsdag 26. august 2020

Trump's WeChat ban could prevent US companies from doing business in China

President Donald Trump's threat to ban WeChat has already upset millions of users in America who depend on the app as a lifeline to family and friends in China. But it could also become a major headache for US companies operating in the world's second largest economy.

The executive order, issued earlier this month, would prohibit Americans and US firms from "any transaction that is related to WeChat" — a significant escalation of the tech war between Washington and Beijing that has already resulted in sanctions and threats against other Chinese companies, including TikTok and Huawei. The Trump administration alleges that WeChat poses a national security risk because it collects a lot of user data that could be accessed by the Chinese Communist Party.