Chinese state media called the US “crooks” and dubbed the potential sale of TikTok to Microsoft a “theft”, adding that Beijing could retaliate if the deal goes through..
Microsoft announced plans on Sunday purchase the social network TikTok in certain markets – in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Commenting on this issue, the President Donald Trump said that buying only part of the app would «complicated», but still gave to the CEO of Microsoft Satye Nadelle welcome to the start of negotiations.
Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, called this step «outrageous robbery» and said Trump is turning the once great America into a robber.
TikTok was under pressure from Washington, which accused the Chinese app of collecting data from American users and sending it to the Chinese government.. Representatives of the social network have repeatedly denied this..
Trump administration originally planned to completely ban TikTok. On Sunday, before Microsoft announced its intention to acquire the app, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News that Trump is preparing a new decision on the matter.
China’s state-run newspaper China Daily named US actions «tantamount to inviting potential American buyers to participate in an officially sanctioned theft of Chinese technology».
In an article published on Sunday, the newspaper suggested China could strike back.
«China will by no means accept the plundering of a Chinese tech company. Beijing has many ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned takeover».
The article did not indicate exactly how the Celestial Empire might react.
US action against Chinese tech companies comes as tensions between the world’s two largest economies continue to grow. Some experts call their relationship «new cold war».
Technology has become a key part of the dispute between the two nations, and TikTok is the latest to get caught up in the fight..
The social media app is perhaps one of the few Chinese companies to succeed in the US market.. As Chinese tech giants expand their influence globally, Analysts Believe The TikTok Purchase Story Is Part Of Washington’s Anti-Competition Strategy.