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Beijing on Monday accused the Trump administration of abusing “national power” by trying to ban TikTok, as a federal court gave the video app’s US operations a stay of execution.

A US government order had sought to ban new downloads of the Chinese-owned app from midnight (0400 GMT Monday) — but allow use of TikTok until November 12, when all use would be blocked.

President Donald Trump claims the popular app poses a national security threat and harvests data for Beijing via its Chinese parent company ByteDance — allegations the firm vehemently denies.

Describing the order as “bullying behaviour”, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin¬†said it was evidence of “abusing national power to unreasonably suppress other countries’ enterprises”.

Instead, the US should “provide a fair, just, open, and non-discriminatory business environment for companies around the world investing and operating in the¬†country”, Wang added.

China says Trump is strong-arming

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