China considers banning Tik Tok and WeChat a violation of World Trade Organization rules

China considers banning Tik Tok and WeChat a violation of World Trade Organization rules

He said Trade official: China said at a meeting of the World Trade Organization: The restrictions imposed by the United States on Chinese smart applications (TikTok) TikTok And the(WeChatWeChat violates the organization’s rules.

The US President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered a ban on downloading the two apps from app stores in the United States, and ByteDance – the owner of TikTok – has ordered to sell its operations to an American company, citing national security concerns. However, US judges questioned the government’s case.

A representative of China said at the closed meeting on Friday that the measures “clearly contradict the rules of the World Trade Organization, restrict cross-border trade services, and violate the basic principles and objectives of the multilateral trade system,” according to a trade official familiar with the matter.

The official said: The delegate described the failure of the United States to provide concrete evidence of the reasons for its actions as a “clear violation” of the rules.

The trade official said: The United States defended at the meeting itself its actions, saying: It aims to mitigate national security risks. The government said earlier: The Chinese government has access to US user data.

It is believed that the Chinese statement will not have any consequences in itself, however China can submit a formal legal complaint about it to the Geneva-based organization.

It is noteworthy that the banning of TikTok and WeChat came in response to executive orders issued by Trump on August 6, and the Ministry of Commerce gave 45 days to determine which transactions should be blocked from applications that were considered a threat to national security. The deadline expired last September.

And theReported Reuters last September – citing three people familiar with the matter – that Beijing opposes the forced sale of TikTok operations in the United States, and is in favor of closing the short video app in the United States.

Chinese officials believe that the forced sale will make both ByteDance and China appear weak in the face of Washington’s pressure, sources said.

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