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07/28/2020 Source:  South China Morning Post
Author: Julian Ryall 1 min read

Is US pressuring allies like Japan to ban Chinese technology and apps like TikTok?

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  • Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reports Washington is set to ask Tokyo and allies to join it in taking a hard line on Chinese technology firms such as Huawei
  • This comes after India banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, and Australia scrutinises the app for foreign interference and data privacy risks
Is US pressuring allies like Japan to ban Chinese technology and apps like TikTok?
Popular Chinese apps such as TikTok have been cited by US authorities as potential security risks, as allies are reportedly urged to join the US in banning them. Photo: DPA

The United States is expected to ask Japan and other allied nations to join it in banning Chinese technology and apps such as TikTok, on the grounds that they can be used to provide data to Beijing – a move one analyst has described as “weaponised public diplomacy with an ulterior political motive.

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