Donald Trump signed a new decree banning transactions with eight new Chinese apps. His successor, Joe Biden, will decide whether or not to apply it after his inauguration on January 20, 2021.
After having waged a merciless economic and technological war against China and its companies, the outgoing President of the United States Donald Trump obviously wants to put a stick in their wheels to the end. The person concerned has indeed signed a new decree prohibiting any transaction with eight Chinese applications, we learn in an executive order from the White House.
Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Office are all affected by this decree, which is based on the same arguments previously made by the US administration to ban WeChat and TikTok: a threat against the security of the country. And all this without any compelling evidence being put on the table.
« By accessing personal electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers, Chinese connected apps can access and collect vast amounts of information, including private data and sensitive data that can identify individuals.», Says the official document.
And to continue: ” This harvest threatens to provide access to personal and proprietary data of Americans to the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party. This would allow China to track the movements of federal employees and build personal information files», We can read.
The order will take effect in 45 days and will thus prohibit “all transactions by any person, under the jurisdiction of the United States, with the persons who produce or control Chinese connected applicationsAbove. Until then, the newly elected president, in the person of Joe Biden, will have the freedom to enforce the decree or to ban it.
What will Joe Biden do?
The Democrat could succumb to the second option, if we refer to the predictions of Abishur Prakash, a geopolitical expert recently interviewed byCNBC. Expert for whom Joe Biden, even if he does not have the desire, should in any case continue Trump’s action against China, but in a more measured way.
It will also be interesting to observe closely the legal evolution of the WeChat and TikTok cases, the situation of which could finally be settled with the inauguration of the new strongman of the United States.