China accuses the US of abuse and repression for banning TikTok

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China accused the United States on Tuesday (02.28.2023) of “abusing its state power” and its “concept of national security” after Washington announced that it will veto the application of Chinese-origin TikTok from government devices.

Chinese Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a press conference that the United States “abuses” by “unjustifiably repressing companies from other countries.” According to Mao, “The United States, a great power, shows a lack of self-confidence by fearing an app popular with young people.”

The spokeswoman expressed China’s opposition to what she described as an “abuse of state power” by Washington, and called on the US government to “respect the principles of the market economy and fair competition.” Likewise, the spokesperson urged the United States to “create an open, fair and non-discriminatory environment for companies from all over the world to invest and operate” in her territory.

The White House has given US federal agencies 30 days to remove the TikTok social network from all government electronic devices. The government of US President Joe Biden thus complies with a bill passed in Congress at the end of last year that requires federal agencies to suppress TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, due to fears that the data of users may fall into the hands of the Chinese government.