The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rejects that the TikTok application, from the company ByteDance, should end up being sold to potential buyers in the United States such as Oracle or Microsoft, preferring to close its operations in the country after President Donald Trump gave a deadline for its sale.
According to Reuters, TikTok is currently amid talks aimed at its sale in the United States, under orders given by President Trump to allow its operations in the country only if it sold its assets to a U.S. company.
However, officials of the CCP argue that a forced sale would lead to both ByteDance and China being “weakened” under pressure from Washington.
The forced sale necessary according to the administration because TikTok posed a threat to national security in the face of concerns that Chinese law requires Chinese companies to share data with the CCP.
Spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, on Friday, Sept. 11, assured during a press conference that the United States was abusing the concept of national security, accusing the government in addition to oppressing foreign companies.
According to The Associated Press, TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as its U.S. partner that could help keep the video sharing application alive in the United States.
TikTok has denied sharing user data with the CCP or that it would do so if asked. The company also claims that it has not censored videos at the request of CCP authorities, insisting that it is not a threat to national security.
The Chinese Communist Party announced on Aug. 28 that it will implement new regulations on technologies that require approval before they can be exported. According to experts, TikTok’s recommendation algorithm would be included in the list.
The measure would require ByteDance to obtain a license from China in order to export the technology to a foreign company.
The White House has also cracked down on a variety of Chinese companies, including telecommunications equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE and the WeChat messaging application, over concerns about data control.