China Would Rather See TikTok Go the Way of Vine Than Bow to U.S. Pressure: Report

China Would Rather See TikTok Go the Way of Vine Than Bow to U.S. Pressure: Report

Alyse StanleyYesterday 8:56PMFiled to:TICK TOCK TIKTOK52

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The international game of chicken between China and the Trump administration over TikTok is starting to feel like an episode of “The Bachelor” at this point, with suitors like MicrosoftTwitter, and Walmart competing for the app’s U.S. assets in the face of a possible ban. Apparently, though, China would rather choose option d) None of the above.

Chinese officials reportedly believe that capitulating to the Trump administration’s demands would undermine the authority of both ByteDance, TikTok’s China-based parent company, and Beijing by making them appear weak, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters Friday on condition of anonymity. Rather than see ByteDance commit to a forced sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations to avoid the White House’s threatened crackdown, Beijing would prefer the app shut down completely, both in the U.S. and other markets. 

Two of the sources told Reuters that Chinese officials were willing to delay whatever deal ByteDance reaches by using the countr

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