A relieved China on Thursday welcomed the US move to roll back a Trump-era executive order banning its popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying it was a positive step in the right direction.
Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the US should treat Chinese companies fairly and fairly and refrain from politicizing trade issues.
However, he said, the Biden administration’s move to rescind orders banning Chinese apps was a “positive step in the right direction”.
The White House on Wednesday rescinded previous government bans on short video sharing platform TikTok and messaging app WeChat and said the Biden administration would conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications linked to China.
The US order to lift restrictions on Chinese apps came as as much of a relief to Beijing as the Biden administration is pursuing tough Trump-era policies against China, deepening discord between the top two major economies. . world.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a media briefing here on Thursday that the US should stop abusing state power to suppress Chinese companies.
“The US side must sincerely respect the principles of market economy, international economic and trade rules, stop raising the concept of national security, stop abusing Chinese high-tech companies state power, and cooperate with Chinese enterprises.” should be treated in a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory manner.
“The Chinese government continues to protect the legitimate rights and interests of our companies,” he said.
The US ban on Chinese apps came after India banned TikTok along with 267 other Chinese apps due to security concerns. TikTok is owned by Chinese tech unicorn ByteDance.
Former US President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked ByteDance and Tiktok during his tenure as a threat to US national security. His administration argued that WeChat and TikTok raised national security concerns because sensitive personal data of US citizens could be collected by the Chinese government.
US politicians and officials have also expressed concern over users’ personal data being passed on to the Chinese government.
TikTok, which has over 100 million users in the US, and WeChat have both denied the allegations.
Following the ban orders issued by the Trump administration, TikTok had moved the US Court of Appeals for the Columbia Circuit to review the decision.
Significantly, the Biden administration’s move to lift the ban on TikTok and WeChat came after Washington and Beijing held a third round of business consultations on Thursday.
Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao spoke with his US counterpart Gina Raimondo on Thursday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said.
Similar discussions followed between Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu He and US Trade Representatives Catherine Tai and Liu and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
China’s commerce ministry said in a statement that the two sides had a “clear and practical exchange of views on relevant issues and mutual concerns in the Sino-US trade area”.
“The two sides noted that the dialogue and exchanges in the field of trade between China and the United States are very important, and they agreed to promote the healthy development of pragmatic trade and investment cooperation, and to properly handle differences. Agreed to retain,” it said.
Liu and Tai chatted on May 27. It was the first interaction between top trade negotiators from China and the US since Joe Biden took over as US President.
On June 2, Liu chatted with Yellen.
The latest talks followed the White House’s announcement on Tuesday that the Biden administration would set up a trade strike force led by Tai to halt the “hollowing” of US industry and the erosion of critical supply chains for products such as semiconductors and drugs. . Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
The measures were included in a 255-page review released on the same day that the US Senate passed a comprehensive USD 250 billion bill to boost US competitiveness in the face of rising geopolitical tensions with China.
Trump launched a trade war with China in 2018, demanding that Beijing should reduce the growing trade deficit between the two countries. All the tariffs he’s put on big Chinese imports so far continue at Biden. Administration too.
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