Chinese Communist Party state-run media: China will not accept U.S. ‘theft’ of TikTok

China will not accept the “theft” of a Chinese technology company and is able to respond to the Trump administration’s move to push ByteDance to sell short-video app TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft, the Chinese Communist Party state-run China Daily said on Tuesday.

TikTik logoReuters:

The United States’ “bullying” of Chinese tech companies was a consequence of Washington’s zero-sum vision of “American first” and left China no choice but “submission or mortal combat in the tech realm”, the state-backed paper said in an editorial. China had “plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab”, it added.

Microsoft Corp said on Monday it was in talks with ByteDance to buy parts of TikTok after U.S. President Donald Trump reversed course on a plan to ban the app on national security grounds and gave the firms 45 days to strike a deal.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend that Trump would take action shortly against Chinese software companies that shared user data with the Chinese government.

The Global Times newspaper, which is also government-backed, said U.S. treatment of ByteDance and Huawei Technologies, now on a U.S. trade blacklist, was indicative of U.S. efforts to separate its economy from China’s.

The Wall Street Journal:

President Trump’s remark over the weekend that he was weighing an outright ban of TikTok in the U.S. sparked nationalist sentiments in China, where the Global Times, a Communist Party tabloid, derided the situation as “the hunting and looting of TikTok by the U.S. government in conjunction with U.S. high-tech companies.”

On Chinese social media, users likewise expressed outrage. Many on the Twitter -like Weibo platform accused the Trump administration of pandering to voters by stemming the rise of TikTok—and by extension, China.

On Douyin, Bytedance’s domestic analogue to TikTok, where videos commenting on a possible U.S. ban circulated widely, one popular comment suggested Huawei be allowed to buy Apple Inc.’s China operations.

MacDailyNews Take: Former U.S. President Richard Nixon, who opened relations with China in the early 1970’s, just before his death in 1994: We may have created a Frankenstein.

Apple cannot divest their dependence on China quickly enough (because they started years too late).

It’s smart for both Apple and Foxconn to diversify assembly outside of China. There’s no sense having all of your eggs in one basket.MacDailyNews, April 2, 2019


  1. Sounds fair we should just ban TikTok like the CCP bans google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, and amazon. Both sides should agree that the CCP should be totally isolated from freedom of speech. USA should ban WeChat while they are at it. Im sure SnapChat and FB can copy TikTok (ByteDance) feature for feature. Heck we have decades of examples of how “theft” works.

    India was TikTok largest market and India banned TikTok. So no this isn’t about Trump. Actually he is dragging his feet. The TikTok ban should have happened when we first discovered biometric data harvesting of our citizens.

    Senator Schumer October 2019 …

  2. Given the recent heading “Apple removes 30,000 apps from App Store in China” in MDN below, one could be forgiven for thinking that the PRC is its own worst enemy.

  3. What’s the difference between the US’s 17 gov. spy agencies penetrating each and every tech gadget world-wide and China’s Communist Party’s penetrating each and every tech gadget world-wide that it can? The difference is that the US penetrates, collects, and analyzes more and is more capable as far as I can tell.

    This new war is therefore phony made to enrich the already rich and connected, specifically spy contractors like Boze Allen Hamilton in the US and comparable entities in China. Party leaders in both nations get a cut so both will ramp up the war.

    Remember, war is profit from destruction. If I were Christian, I would say that it’s Satan at work.

    1. John Dingler:

      To sum up your post, the USA and ChiComm governments are identically bad because they both monitor internet and tech. That is an idiotic statement on your part. Why don’t you go peddle your stupid art projects over in China then? They have lots of murderous CEOs/military generals with billions of $$ just ever so eager to acquire your output for their collections. Their political prisoners/slave laborers and involuntary organ donors are working ever so hard to fund the purchases of your fabulous artwork. You dumb ass.

      Study history of the USSR and China to see where your stupid politics will lead us. Oh yeah, don’t forget to vote for Hidin’ Biden and his Trojan Horse VP candidate (most likely Michelle Owebummer so her destroyer husband can complete his mission to “fundamentally transform the USA” with a 3rd and 4th term as our under the table POTUS). Look where that has gotten us so far, with the Antifa losers burning, blowing up and looting small businesses; many dead people of various ethnicities; and, oh yeah, numerous murdered police officers including blacks. Why didn’t Biden and Obama fix the “systemic racism” over their 50 years and 10 years, respectively, political careers?

      John, please shut up and quit listening to CNN and PBS. Your mind has been permanently warped.

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