President Biden on Wednesday issued a new executive order revoking bans against the TikTok and WeChat. These companies were identified as a threat to US national security during the presidency of Donald Trump.
Of course, revoking some bans doesn’t mean the US new administration wants to take a passive approach to Chinese companies. The Biden administration will continue to monitor apps that may have ties with foreign governments and collect American users’ data. The Commerce Department is in charge of this.
Some Chinese apps, such as TikTok, WeChat, and Alipay, have been removed from US app stores, following orders issued by Donald Trump during his presidency.
Trump even planned to force TikTok to sell their business to an American company. However, this didn’t happen due to the court order and the end of Trump’s presidency.
Bans against Chinese apps still continue
“The challenge that we’re addressing with this EO is that certain countries, including China, do not share these commitments or values and are instead working to leverage digital technologies and American data in ways that present unacceptable national security risks,” a senior administration official noted on Wednesday.
Instead of banning apps from US app stores and making them sell their business to a local company, Biden executive order focus is on preventing apps from collecting American users’ data and moving them abroad to foreign adversaries. The Commerce Department will soon issue recommendations in this regard.
“The administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet and to protecting human rights online and offline, and to supporting a vibrant global digital economy,” the administration official continued.
Biden will issue more executive orders against China
Of course, the decisions that made by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) are not revoked yet. This is the same decision that insisted TikTok must cut ties with its Chinese owner ByteDance. According to a senior administration official, “The CFIUS action remains under active discussion by the US government.”
This is not the first executive order against Chinese companies by Biden’s administration. The new president of the United States has recently issued a new order to impose investment bans against some Chinese businesses, including Huawei.
According to the new order, any investment in these companies will provoke a reaction from the US government. Also, the perpetrators will face punishment.
Biden’s order was, in fact, a continuation of Trump’s sanctions against Chinese companies. Some Chinese companies with ties to the Chinese government and military agencies threaten US national security. Of course, some government officials have said that Biden will soon impose new sanctions on China.