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China urges EU to respect market economy after TikTok ban

Beijing, Mar 1 (EFE).- China on Wednesday urged the European Union to “respect market rules” and stop using national security as an excuse, after the European body announced a ban on Chinese video-sharing app TikTok from being used on official mobile phones

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said that even though the EU claimed to be the world’s most open market, in recent years it had taken restrictive measures against companies from other countries.

She added that the EU and European Commission’s decision to ban their employees from using TikTok on official mobile phones citing security reasons was detrimental to the international community’s trust in the European business environment.

Mao said that the EU should “match its actions with its words,” and urged Brussels to offer an “open, just, transparent and non-discriminatory” environment to companies from all countries.

In January, the EU had threatened TiKTok CEO Shou Zi Chew with banning the app in Europe if it did not prevent minors from accessing “potentially deadly” videos and over storing user data in third countries.

The EU is following in the footsteps of the United States on this issue, where recently the White House gave a 30-day deadline to federal agencies to remove TikTok from all official electronic devices, another decision which received flak from Beijing. EFE


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