U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump’s executive orders against TikTok and WeChat could be “broader” than just those two apps. From a report: Pompeo did not elaborate, but his comments could be hinting at action against other Chinese apps or even TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, or WeChat owner Tencent. “So when President Trump made his announcement about not only TikTok, but about WeChat — and if you read it, it’s broader even still than that — is that we’re going to make sure that American data not end up in the hands of an adversary like the Chinese Communist Party, for whom we have seen data uses in Western China that rival the greatest human rights violations in the history of mankind,” Pompeo said in a speech in Prague, Czech Republic.
The orders name both Tencent and ByteDance. One of the executive orders prohibits âoeany transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. … Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest” as identified by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Another executive order prohibits “any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. … Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity.”