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TikTok hopes three-party agreement between ByteDance, Oracle, Walmart to resolve US concerns

Sep 20. 2020
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By China Daily

LOS ANGELES -- Video-sharing social networking platform TikTok on Saturday voiced hope that an agreement reached by its Chinese parent company ByteDance with Oracle and Walmart will "resolve the security concerns of the US administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the US"

The Los Angeles-based company issued a statement Saturday afternoon, hours after US President Donald Trump said he had approved a deal between the three parties.

TikTok disclosed some details about the three-party agreement handed over to the authority Monday and weighted by the White House so far, saying Oracle will become its "trusted technology provider," and Walmart will play a role in "commercial partnership."

US Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross noted that Trump has provided until Nov. 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. "If they are, the prohibitions in this order may be lifted," Ross said.

A TikTok representative said in a statement acquired by Xinhua on Friday that the Los Angeles-based tech company disagrees with the US Commerce Department's decision and felt disappointed that it will block the download and update of the company's popular app starting Sunday.

China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Saturday that it is resolutely opposed to the US move to block downloads of WeChat and TikTok apps, urging the United States to immediately stop bullying and safeguard international rules and order.

In the absence of any evidence, the United States has repeatedly used state power to suppress the two enterprises for unwarranted reasons, which seriously disrupted their normal business activities, undermined the confidence of international investors in the US investment environment and damaged the normal global economic and trade order, the MOC said in a statement.

The Commerce Department's statement came following Trump's Aug 6 executive order banning any US transactions with ByteDance, starting in 45 days. A similar order was issued for WeChat, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent.

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