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US move to revoke TikTok, WeChat orders welcomed

CHINA’S Ministry of Commerce said yesterday that a US move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries.

“We hope that the US will treat Chinese companies fairly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues,” ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said yesterday.

The White House on Wednesday revoked some blanket-style orders made under former President Donald Trump against Chinese apps including the messaging app WeChat, short video app TikTok and the Alipay payments app. A new executive order from President Joe Biden said the US would conduct a new review of transactions involving the apps.

Meanwhile, China’s Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao and US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo talked over phone yesterday and exchanged views on relative issues and concerns in a frank and practical way. During the talks at the invitation of the US side, Wang and Raimondo stressed the importance of dialogue and communication between the two sides in the business field, and agreed to promote the healthy development of pragmatic cooperation on trade and investment while properly handle differences.


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