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China May Walk Away From Selling TikTok To A U.S. Company, Raising Even More National Security Concerns

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The Trump administration’s push to ban the Chinese owned video creation application TikTok has been a major problem for the Chinese Communist Party, which is accused of using the app for nefarious purposes to spy on its users.

The app has already been banned by the Pentagon for its potential to collect troves of information on its users.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in July during a presser that data is from the application is sent to China. He stated during a British media interview, that if TikTok is banned, the data will not end “up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” which he characterized as an “evil empire.”

TikTok has denied the accusations of data mishandling but U.S. intelligence officials say that the company, owned by the Chinese government is using the popular application to infiltrate American networks, as well as collect information on individuals and families.

Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving the app’s parent company ByteDance 45 days to sell to a U.S. company or to suffer a full ban. That day is soon approaching.

Microsoft and Oracle have reportedly been in separate talks to purchase the app. However, China may walk away from any sale, according to Chinese state-owned news outlets.

China expert Gordon Chang suggested that China will ultimately “not allow” the sale to go through because it would mean exposing “how Beijing used the app to foment violent protest in America.”

Donald Trump Jr. questioned the app’s claims that TikTok is not controlled by the Chinese government. “Out of curiosity, if the Chinese government doesn’t control TikTok how is it that they can block the sale? Oh that’s right they’re lying as usual. Imagine an American company trying to pull of in China what TikTok/China is doing in America? They wouldn’t allow it for a second,” he said.

Senator Josh Hawley sounded off on TikTok’s nefarious ties to China, saying that the app’s own board members are also members of the Chinese Communist Party. Moreover, Hawley added, Beijing ‘requires by law’ the app to share its user data.

“Any sale, deal, or ‘tech partnership’ that fails to remove all links to #China is unacceptable,” he said.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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