U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, including Ant Group’s Alipay mobile payment app, the White House said.
The move, first reported by Reuters, is aimed at curbing the threat to Americans posed by Chinese software applications, which have large user bases and access to sensitive data, a senior administration official told Reuters.
The order argues that the United States must take “aggressive action” against developers of Chinese software applications to protect national security.
It tasks the Commerce Department with defining which transactions will be banned under the directive within 45 days…
MacDailyNews Take: “Executive Order Addressing the Threat Posed By Applications and Other Software Developed or Controlled By Chinese Companies” names the following Chinese apps: Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Office.