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China criticizes US interrogation of TikTok executive


China criticizes US interrogation of TikTok executive

Beijing, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) China today criticized the interrogation by the U.S. Congress of TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, and demanded that Washington stop generalizing the concept of national security to harass foreign companies.

Mao Ning, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denounced that although the White House has not yet presented any evidence against the social network’s alleged threat to U.S. security, it maintains the offensive against it only under the presumption of guilt.

She rejected and described as a xenophobic act, the call on U.S. soil to block the popular mini-video platform.

The spokeswoman reiterated that China attaches high importance to the protection of private data and security, never asked its companies or individuals to share such information and insists that they operate abroad in accordance with the laws of each country.

“The United States should respect the market economy and the principles of fair competition, stop unreasonable oppression of foreign firms, and provide them with an open, fair and discrimination-free business environment,” he added.

Mao made this pronouncement after yesterday, when the CEO of TikTok was subjected to a barrage of questions in the House of Representatives of the North American country, about the operations of the social network and its alleged links with the Government of China.

Likewise, the Ministry of Commerce warned that the China will reject and act in case of a forced sale of the shares of that application since it would involve technologies subject to export controls.

According to some press reports, President Joe Biden’s administration has plans to ask TikTok’s owner -the Chinese company Bytedance- to sell its shares if it wants to remain operational in the United States.

The offensive against TikTok began in the last stage of the mandate of former U.S. President Donald Trump (2017-2021), now his successor Biden took it up again and contemplates the prohibition to use it on government devices.

In recent weeks, Canada and several European Union nations also took similar steps, joining India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Taiwan on the list of territories in the world where the social network is been banned.


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