TikTok and WeChat ban violates WTO rules, says China

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global international organization that deals with the rules of trade between nations. China has now claimed that the United States banning two of its mobile apps, TikTok and WeChat, violates WTO rules. This happened on Friday at a WTO meeting, as told by a trade official and reported by Reuters.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed restrictions on the two Chinese mobile apps. The Trump administration has ordered download blocks on both TikTok and WeChat and has instructed TikTok’s parent company, known as ByteDance, to sell its operations to the US company over security concerns.

The representative of China at the WTO meeting said that “they are clearly inconsistent with WTO rules, restrict cross-border trade services and violate the basic principles and objectives of the multilateral trading system.” The official said the US has failed to provide solid reasons / or evidence to ban the apps, which is a “clear abuse” of the rules.

At the same meeting, the United States defended its actions by saying that it intends to mitigate national security risks. The US government previously said that US user data was consulted by the Chinese government.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office had no immediate comment. A Chinese mission official to the WTO also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Significantly, TikTok is a popular video sharing social networking service for its short video format. Whereas, WeChat is a multipurpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by Tencent.

(with agency input)

China claims that the US banning two of its mobile apps, TikTok and WeChat, violates rules set by the WTO.

News Underline:

  • The Trump administration has imposed restrictions on TikTok and WeChat.
  • The Trump administration has ordered download blocks on both Chinese apps.
  • Now, China claims that the US banning their apps violates the rules set by the WTO.