FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo design in this illustration taken November 27,2019 REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Image
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will decline the “theft” of a Chinese technology business and is able to react to Washington’s transfer to push ByteDance to offer short-video app TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft, the China Daily newspaper stated on Tuesday.
The United States’ “bullying” of Chinese tech business was an effect of Washington’s zero-sum vision of “American first” and left China no choice however “submission or mortal battle in the tech realm”, the state-backed paper stated in an editorial.
China had “a lot of methods to respond if the administration brings out its scheduled smash and grab”, it added.
Microsoft Corp ( MSFT.O) stated on Monday it was in talks with ByteDance to buy parts of TikTok after U.S. President Donald Trump reversed course on a strategy to prohibit the app on nationwide security premises and provided the firms 45 days to strike an offer.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend that Trump would act soon against Chinese software application companies that shared user information with the Chinese government.
The Global Times paper, which is also government-backed, stated U.S. treatment of ByteDance and Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], now on a U.S. trade blacklist, was a sign of U.S. efforts to separate its economy from China’s.
China had “restricted capability” to provide security to these Chinese business by retaliating against U.S. companies since the United States had technological supremacy and impact with its allies, it included.
” China’s opening-up to the outdoors world and disintegrating the U.S. decoupling strategy need to be top priorities,” it said in an editorial.
The International Times is released by the People’s Daily, the main paper of China’s ruling Communist Celebration.
Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Stephen Coates