For Beijing, the United States “has so far not provided any evidence to show that TikTok threatens national security”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning accuses the United States of initiating “xenophobic political persecution” with its actions against the Tik Tok platform, after the CEO’s hearing in Congress. “The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting privacy and data security in accordance with the law,” Mao said at a news conference, the Global Times reports. “It has never and will never solicit companies or individuals who collect or supply foreign countries’ data, information and intelligence in violation of local laws,” she added. The Chinese government stressed, also denounces that the United States “has so far not provided any evidence to show that TikTok threatens national security”.
“The United States must seriously abide by the principles of market economy and fair competition, stop unreasonably suppressing companies from other countries, and provide an open, just, fair and non-discriminatory environment,” he stressed. China has already expressed concern in recent days that the United States could force the Chinese company ByteDance to sell the popular app, warning that in this case it will “strongly oppose”.
“Forcing the sale of TikTok will seriously damage the confidence of investors around the world, including China, regarding investments in the United States,” Chinese Commerce Ministry spokeswoman Shu Jueting said at a news conference on Thursday. Last February, the US administration ordered the removal of TikTok from all public devices, an “abuse of national security to penalize foreign companies” according to Beijing.