Last Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that could lead to the banning of social media platform TikTok in the US. At issue is the ownership of the app, which is currently held by Chinese company ByteDance. The bill demands that ByteDance sell its interest in TikTok to a company that “satisfies US government interests” or face a ban.

It’s ironic that given the Chinese government’s propensity for banning US-based social medial apps in its country, one that originates from there could now face the same fate in the US. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Benin, decried the bill, without any hint of irony, as putting, “the US on the opposite side of the principle of fair competition and international economic and trade rules”...

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