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After TikTok, Donald Trump indicates banning Alibaba in US

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Donald Trump indicates banning Alibaba and other chinese firms in US

Washington: US President Donald Trump has indicated that he was looking to ban other Chinese-owned companies, including e-commerce giant Alibaba within the us , days after signing an executive order targetting TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, Fox News reported.

The development came after Trump issued an executive order on August 14, requiring ByteDance to divest its interests in video-sharing app TikTok’s operations within the US within 90 days.

“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the us ,” the US President said within the order.

The new order came after an earlier executive order was signed by Trump. The previous order could have forced US-based app stores to prevent distributing the TikTok app if ByteDance didn’t reach a deal to divest from it in 45 days.

Under the newest order, ByteDance is predicted to destroy all its copies of TikTok data attached to American users.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that the Trump administration is “working hard” to guard Americans from the threats of “untrusted vendors” like TikTok and WeChat, which it wants to get rid of from US app stores like those operated by Apple and Google.

US politicians have repeatedly criticised TikTok, owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance, of being a threat to national security due to its ties to the Chinese Communist Party .

China and therefore the US are hostile on a spread of issues including Hong Kong national security law, the South China Sea, coronavirus and trade.

Last month, India’s Ministry of Electronics and knowledge Technology (MEITY) banned 47 apps, which were variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps banned earlier in June.

These banned clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

The 59 apps, most of which were Chinese, had been banned by the Indian government in sight of the knowledge available that they’re engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence” of the country.

The ban came amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh