China speaks tough as Microsoft moves to acquire TikTok’s US operations



China will not accept the “theft” from a Chinese technology company and may respond to Washington’s move to pressure ByteDance to sell the US operations of the TikTok short video app to Microsoft, the China Daily newspaper said on Tuesday.

The “harassment” of Chinese technology companies by the United States was a consequence of Washington’s zero-sum vision of “United States first” and left China no choice but “submission or deadly combat in the technological realm” the state-backed newspaper said in an editorial.

China had “many ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned crush and assault,” he added.

Microsoft said Monday it was in talks with ByteDance to buy parts of TikTok after United States President Donald Trump reversed the course of a plan to ban the app on national security grounds, and gave companies 45 days. to reach an agreement.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend that Trump would shortly take action against Chinese software companies that shared user data with the Chinese government.

The Global Times newspaper, which also has government backing, said the United States ‘treatment of ByteDance and Huawei Technologies, now on a blacklist for US trade, was indicative of the United States’ efforts to separate its economy from that of China.

Tech Central

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