Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps

Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps”

The order aims to cement Trump's tough-on-China legacy before the January 20 inauguration of Biden, a Democrat, who has said little about how he plans to address specific tech threats from China.

"The United States has assessed that a number of Chinese connected software applications automatically capture vast swaths of information from millions of users in the United States, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information", according to the executive order, which Trump issued Tuesday night.

The order raises the possibility that the apps could track Federal employees and "build dossiers of personal information", calling the apps a threat to "the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States". If the executive order successfully barred people in America from using these apps, the Asian-American community and Chinese global students may be the worst victims to suffer from the ban.

She urged the USA to respect the principles of the market economy and fair competition and abide by global economic and trade rules to provide an open, fair, just and nondiscriminatory business environment for foreign companies, including Chinese ones, to invest and operate in the country.

The eight banned applications include Ant Group's Alipay mobile payment app.

US businesses using Chinese technology - or services that are connected remotely to Chinese companies - should minimize the amount of data stored in China because it may be accessible by government authorities, according to the advisory. The order also lists the lesser-known payment systems QQ Wallet, Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, VMate, and WPS Office.

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On July 1, 2019, pro-democracy activists stormed into the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, during the protests against an extradition bill that mandated citizens of the region to be sent to China for trials. "At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by these Chinese connected software applications", he wrote.

Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry, said Pompeo's statement was "in serious violation of the norms governing worldwide relations", and urged the secretary of state to "stop interfering in China's internal affairs". Of course, as with any last-minute executive orders, this could be overruled by Joe Biden once he takes over, but he may consider it politically expedient not to.

The ban will take effect in 45 days, so Donald Trump will not be in the White House by that time.

The executive order also tasks the Commerce Department with defining which transactions should be banned.


A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry told reporters on Wednesday that China will make the necessary moves to protect companies' legitimate rights in connection with Trump's order. However, a judge blocked the WeChat ban twice previous year, while a judge stopped Trump from banning TikTok in December.

Also last month the administration published a list of Chinese and Russian companies with alleged military ties that restrict them from buying a range of USA goods and technology.

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