On the other side of the ocean, the Trump administration again came to the news that “eight prohibitions on China’s software applications were implemented, including Alipay, QQ, QQ electronic wallet, WPS, WeChat payment, CamScanner (scanning Almighty), SHAREit (eggplant fast transmission), VMate (short video community product of Alibaba innovation business group)”.
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According to the results of the US general election, January 20, 2021 is the day when Biden, the Democratic Party’s president-elect, holds his inauguration and trump leaves office.
However, in the 14 day countdown, trump signed an executive order on Tuesday (January 5) banning trading through eight Chinese mobile apps.
It includes Alipay, CamScanner, QQ electronic wallet, SHAREit (eggplant express), Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat payment, WPS Office.
As trump will leave the White House on January 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce said it will complete the task before January 20.
According to the information released on the official website of the US White House, trump said that other measures (protection of the information and communication technology and service supply chain) must be taken in terms of the security of the information and communication technology and service supply chain announced in executive order No. 13873 of May 15, 2019.
“By accessing personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers, software applications connected to China can access and capture a large amount of information from users, including sensitive personal identity and other privacy information,” trump said
Therefore, for the sake of network security, trump signed an administrative order again, and gave the Ministry of Commerce 45 days to take measures (excerpt part): first, the Ministry of Commerce signed an administrative order and gave the Ministry 45 days to take measures
(a) To the extent permitted by applicable law, for a period of 45 days from the date of this order, it is prohibited to take the following actions: within the jurisdiction of the United States, any person who develops or deals with its subsidiaries in connection with the following China related software applications, that is, any transaction by any person or any property related transaction, Must be determined by the Secretary of commerce under subsection (E). Related software applications in China include Alipay, CamScanner, QQ electronic wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat payment and WPS Office.
(b) The Secretary of commerce continues to assess Chinese Internet software applications that may pose unacceptable risks to us national security, foreign policy or the US economy, and to take appropriate action in accordance with executive order 13873.
(c) Within 45 days after the date of the order, the Secretary shall, in consultation with the attorney general and the director of national intelligence, provide a report to the assistant president for national security affairs and make recommendations to prevent the sale or transfer of U.S. user data to, or access to, foreign counterparties, including through the development of regulations and policies, Control and license the export of such data.
However, Reuters also reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce plans to clarify the prohibited transactions by January 20. Meanwhile, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also confirmed that commerce will begin to implement the executive order, including the identification of prohibited transactions.
According to Reuters, the latest ban has been debated within the trump Administration for a long time, and many government officials hope to consolidate the US position on China in many aspects before trump leaves office. Another official said the executive order was similar to trump’s actions against wechat and tiktok last year.
As soon as this news came out, it aroused wide attention at home and abroad, and also rushed to the microblog hot search.
According to the SensorTower data from foreign research firm, as of 2020, Alipay downloaded 207000 times in the Apple Corp’s US app store and Google Play, while the image scanning application CamScanner and office suite application WPS Office were downloaded by 4 million 400 thousand and 563 thousand respectively.
Comparatively speaking, the utilization rate of these applications is not low.
At present, in response to the US ban on WPS, Jinshan office said:
- WPS products have more than 100 million users in overseas markets, mainly free users, with only a small amount of advertising business. The ban will not have a substantial impact on the company’s operation and development in the short term;
- Jinshan office’s own office software code technology has been researched and developed independently for more than 30 years, not based on external open source or authorized by American enterprises, and maintains a good independence in technology;
- The company will continue to pay attention to the overseas market, and is also reviewing the possible consequences of the executive order, so as to clarify its possible impact on the company. We will issue further announcements in due course.
As of press release, other enterprises have not responded yet.
However, many foreign media commented that if the United States successfully banned these apps, it would have a huge impact on Chinese American families who use these apps for online communication.
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