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Trump says looking at pressuring other Chinese companies after Bytedance

Trump says looking at pressuring other Chinese companies after Bytedance

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Alibaba Group is seen at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, November 18, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey: US President Donald Trump said on Saturday (Aug 15) he could exert pressure on more Chinese companies such as technology giant Alibaba after he moved to ban TikTok.

Asked at a news conference whether there were other particular China-owned companies he was considering a ban on, such as Alibaba, Trump replied: "Well, we're looking at other things, yes."

READ: Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in US TikTok operations within 90 days

READ: Commentary - Will the TikTok saga in the US lead to the break-up of the Internet industry?

Trump has been piling pressure on Chinese-owned companies, such as by vowing to ban short-video app TikTok from the United States. The United States ordered its Chinese owner ByteDance on Friday to divest the US operations of TikTok within 90 days, the latest effort to ramp up pressure over concerns about the safety of the personal data it handles.

READ: Commentary - It's payback time for the way China handled the Internet all these year

Trump, who has made changing the US-China trade relationship a central theme of his presidency, has been sharply critical of China while also praising its purchases of agriculture products such as soybeans and corn as part of a trade agreement reached late last year. 

Source: Reuters/nh

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