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U.S. lifts restrictions on TikTok, WeChat, revoking Trump-era bans on Chinese-owned apps Updated: 2021-06-23 13:13:13 KST

Washington has decided to remove TikTok and WeChat from its list of prohibited transactions.
The U.S. Commerce Department says the decision comes as President Biden decided to withdraw a series of executive orders implemented by the Trump administration that blocked new U.S. downloads of both Chinese-owned apps.
Beijing welcomed the move, describing it as a (quote) "positive step."

"This is a positive step in the right direction. China has always urged the U.S. to respect the principles of market economy and international economic and trade rules, immediately stop generalizing the concept of national security, and stop the abuse of state power to wantonly suppress Chinese technology companies, and treat Chinese companies in a fair, just and non-discriminatory manner."

It added the Chinese government will continue to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.
However, President Biden also ordered the Commerce Department to continue monitoring such applications that could pose a threat to Washington's national security.
In September 2020, the Trump administration banned the use of TikTok and WeChat in the U.S., citing security concerns.
It imposed a similar order in January, targeting eight other Chinese apps, including Alipay and WeChat pay.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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