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.
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