On Monday, Chinese state media launched multiple salvoes claiming the U.S. is a “rogue country” and Microsoft’s possible TikTok deal is a theft of Chinese technology. Beijing has threatened to retaliate if the deal is approved.
U.S.-China relations have continued to deteriorate with on-going talks for Microsoft to acquire the TikTok U.S. division from Beijing-based ByteDance.
China’s response follows President Trump’s comments on an ongoing acquisition deal where he has threatened to ban the app outright if Microsoft is unable to reach a deal by September 15. According to Trump, purchasing a slice of TikTok will be “complicated.”
Hu Xijin, an editor-in-chief for the state sponsored Global Times said in a tweet, “This is an open robbery. The world is watching and God is watching that how President Trump is turning the once great America into a rogue country.
This is an open robbery. The world is watching and God is watching that how President Trump is turning the once great America into a rogue country. pic.twitter.com/FaL3MkwsYe
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) August 4, 2020
Xijin’s newspaper ran the headline: “Banning TikTok reflects Washington’s cowardice.”
The article claims that Chinese tech companies have “brought a sense of crisis to U.S. elites, which shows that China’s top companies have the ability to move to the forefront of the world in technology.”
In addition, the paper goes on to claim, “When similar things happen time and again, the U.S. will take steps closer to its decline. The U.S. is a pioneer in global internet and has created Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But in recent years, the U.S.’ internet structure has been rigid.”
China Daily, another state-backed publication, issued a comment following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” claiming what Pompeo is saying is “tantamount to inviting potential U.S. purchasers to participate in an officially sanctioned ‘steal’ of Chinese technology.”
If one thing is clear, it is that Trump’s stance towards Chinese tech has struck a chord with the politburo in Beijing, hence the grandiose claims and posturing. In recent decades China has experienced a meteoric rise and has made it to the forefront of the global stage acting as a direct competitor to the U.S.
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