Trump signs executive order blocking deals with Alipay, WeChat Pay, and 6 other Chinese apps
President Trump has signed a brand-new executive order prohibiting deals with the business behind eight Chinese apps, consisting of Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s QQ and WeChat Pay. Deals will be prohibited in 45 days. Reuters was the very first to report the news
The full list of apps includes: Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Workplace.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross verified that the Commerce Department will “start carrying out the E.O.’s instructions, including identifying forbidden transactions.” Reuters reports that the Commerce Department will do so prior to Trump leaves office on January 20 th, citing an unnamed authorities.
The brand-new orders follow 2 earlier ones from August that already attempted to prohibit transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s moms and dad business, and WeChat. However, a judge blocked the WeChat restriction in September and once again in October, while a judge approved an initial injunction stopping the TikTok restriction in December
Update January fifth, 7: 09 PM ET: Made modifications to show the order being published.
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