With only days left to deliver his position as President of the United States, Trump signed a new executive order to ban eight Chinese applications, including AliPay and WeChat Pay.
The U.S. president assures that these applications access the private information of their users to share it with the Chinese government. The executive order will take effect 45 days after the president officially hands over the office to President-elect Joe Biden.
- Tiktok says the Trump administration has forgotten to ban the app due to US elections
- Apple will not reduce the App Store commission
President Trump signs an executive order to ban some Chinese apps
Although Biden has not yet spoken of his position on the current U.S. relationship with China, he calls the order another way for the Trump administration to impose its position and complicate the relationship between the two countries.
The banning of these applications will not affect companies much, since most of them have their main operation in the Asian continent, highlights the South China Morning Post. Also, we will have to wait for the reaction of some companies such as Disney, Walmart, Apple, and others that in the past opposed the ban of WeChat because it directly affected their businesses.
In addition to AliPay and WeChat Pay, Camscanner, SHAREit, Vmate, WPS Office, QQ Wallet, and Tencent QQ will also be banned.
This executive order comes five months after President Trump tried to block TikTok’s operations in the United States.