Trump administration steps up measures to remove ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps
WASHINGTON (US) – The Trump administration on Wednesday said that it was going ahead with its efforts to remove “untrusted” Chinese apps from digital networks in the country and termed the Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger application WeChat “significant threats.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as part of “Clean Network” programme, the administration would focus on five areas and take steps to block Chinese apps and telecoms firms from laying hands on sensitive information regarding Americans as well as US businesses.
This comes after President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok.
“With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat and others are significant threats to personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for CCP (Chinese Communist Party) content censorship,” Pompeo said.
On the other hand, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi slammed the US bid to implement “Clean Network” and termed the action by Washington as “a textbook case of bullying”.
“Anyone can see through clearly that the intention of the US is to protect its monopoly position in technology and to rob other countries of their proper right to development,” Wang told state news agency.
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