Trump goes in India's way...bans TikTok! What's next to the Chinese app that irks Beijing?

Following India's digital strike against China, the United States has banned Chinese mobile applications TikTok and WeChat amid growing economic and trade tensions between the two economical giants. 

Bringing his warning to the official order, U.S.President Donald Trump has, on Thursday, issued an executive order of banning any transactions with ByteDance, the Chinese company which owns the video application TikTok and with Tencent Holdings which owns the WeChat application. The executive orders that were announced on Thursday would come to the effect in 45 days from the date of the announcement. 

The President has signed the executive order of outlawing the Chinese applications by citing the national security risks and the potential threats for the safety of the personal data of the American people. The order stated that the United States must take aggressive action in the interest of national security and the order prohibits 'any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States' with the companies, beginning in 45 days. 

The unveiling of the bans against Chinese apps has come after the social media platforms have come under scrutiny and fire from the US lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns. In what has become a major blow to the emerging Chinese technological dominance, the bans had marked a significant escalation by Trump against Beijing in his confrontation to curb China's growing power in global technology. 

The order reads that it would ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies.  According to the reports, global software giant Microsoft is likely to acquire TikTok as it has been moving forward towards the major acquisition. On Monday, the President has ordered TikTok that it should find a US buyer within September 15 and if not, the application would be shut down in the country. 

The executive order from the President further claimed that TikTok automatically captures the information from its users including browsing, search histories, and location data which threatens to permit the Chinese Community Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information. However, hours after the ban, TikTok has threatened that it would go for legal action. 

The Chinese company has claimed that the US has issued the ban without the due process. The social media company further said that it was shocked by the order and stated that it has made clear that it has neither shared user data with the Chinese government nor censored content at its request. The company further threatened that it would take legal action against Trump's executive order in the US courts. 

Following the company, China had on Friday said the companies comply with the US laws and regulations and warned that the United States would have to bear the consequences of its action. China's foreign ministry spokesman said that the US is using national security as an excuse and using state power to oppress non-American businesses which is a hegemonic practice. TikTok said that the company currently in talks with Microsoft to sell its business in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, which, according to the reports would be next step for the banned application that in some way irks Beijing at the global stage.

The ban from the United States has come weeks after China's neighborhood rival had banned TikTok and 46 other Chinese made applications with immediate effect, which further irked Beijing. US President Trump had further cited India on the latter's recent ban on the applications. By citing that the risks are real, he said the government of India recently banned the use of Tiktok and other Chines applications throughout the country. India's Ministry of Electronics asserted that they were stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorized manner to servers that have locations outside India.