TDespite the failure of his attack on Tiktok, President Donald Trump has been targeting other apps from China in the past few days. Among the eight applications that are to be pushed out of the market are the payment services Alipay and WeChat Pay. Trump issued a decree on Tuesday prohibiting business with the apps – but with the usual 45-day delay. On January 20, he will no longer be president with the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden. Then it will be for Biden’s government to carry out or revoke the order.
Trump had been trying since the summer to force a sale of at least the America business of the popular Tiktok video app to American companies through bans. But first the Chinese government torpedoed the talks with sales restrictions for the corresponding software. And then American judges also found that Trump’s administration did not have a sufficient legal basis for their actions. The Tiktok bans are therefore on hold.
The other apps now affected include the scanning application CamScanner, the chat service Tencent QQ, the video app VMate and the office software WPS Office. Trade Minister Wilbur Ross announced that he had ordered the implementation of Trump’s decree.