After TikTok, Trump indicates banning Alibaba, other Chinese firms in US - Times of India


Summary generated on August 17, 2020

    Donald Trump has indicated that he was looking to ban other Chinese-owned companies, including e-commerce giant.

    Alibaba in the United States, days after signing an executive order targetting TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, an American TV channel reported.

    The development came after Trump issued an executive order on August 14, requiring ByteDance to divest its interests in video-sharing.

    App TikTok's operations in the US within 90 days.

    The new order came after an earlier executive order was signed by Trump.

    The previous order could have forced US-based app stores to stop distributing the TikTok app if ByteDance did not reach a deal to divest from it in 45 days.

    Under the latest order, ByteDance is expected to destroy all its copies of TikTok data attached to American users.

    Michael Pompeo said that the Trump administration is "Working hard" to protect Americans from the threats of "Untrusted vendors" such as TikTok and.

    WeChat, which it wants to remove from US app stores like those operated by Apple and.

    US politicians have repeatedly criticised TikTok, owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance, of being a threat to national security because of its ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

    China and the US are at loggerheads on a variety of issues including Hong Kong national security law, the South China Sea, coronavirus and trade.

    Last month, India's ministry of electronics and information technology banned 47 apps, which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps banned earlier in June.

    The ban came amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.