China: TikTok ban would 'come back to bite' the US

 China has issued a cautionary statement in response to a proposed TikTok ban in the US, suggesting repercussions for American interests. The bill, recently approved by lawmakers in the House of Representatives, entails compelling the Chinese-owned platform to sever its ties with China or face a ban in the US. National security concerns have long been cited by US officials regarding TikTok, although its owners consistently refute any such threats.

The bipartisan bill, dubbed the "Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act," received support across political divides in the House. Its fate now rests with the Senate, with uncertainty looming over its passage. The White House has indicated President Joe Biden's willingness to sign it into law if approved.

Before the House vote, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin accused the US of unjustly targeting TikTok without substantiated evidence of national security risks. He criticized the move as bullying behavior detrimental to international business confidence and trade order, warning of eventual consequences for the US.

Chinese media echoed similar sentiments, with publications like the Global Times condemning the US for abusing national security claims to force a ban on TikTok. The Global Times depicted the US actions as "ugly behavior" aimed at seizing the app through coercive means.

TikTok, owned by Byte Dance, a Beijing-based company registered in the Cayman Islands, faces potential restructuring or a ban from US app stores and web hosting platforms if the bill becomes law. The company has urged its American users to voice opposition to the ban, prompting backlash from the House China Select Committee for allegedly manipulating public opinion on behalf of the Chinese government.

TikTok has adamantly denied any affiliation with the Chinese government and claims to have reorganized its operations to ensure US data remains within the country. Former President Donald Trump's previous attempts to ban the app in 2020 were unsuccessful. Despite surpassing the delegate threshold for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump has reversed his stance on the ban, arguing it would unfairly benefit Facebook.

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