FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, August 5, 2020. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States wants to see “untrusted” Chinese apps removed from American app stores, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, calling the Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat “significant threats.”
Unveiling what he called an expansion of U.S. efforts to establish a “clean network,” Pompeo said Washington would work to block various Chinese apps as well as Chinese telecoms companies from accessing the sensitive information of American citizens and businesses.
His comments come as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to ban Tiktok, the hugely popular video-sharing app that has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the administration over national security concerns as months-long tensions between Washington and Beijing intensified.
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