U.S. grants ByteDance seven-day extension on sale order of TikTok

The Trump administration on Wednesday granted ByteDance a new seven-day extension of an order directing the Chinese company to sell its TikTok short video-sharing app, according to a court filing. The administration previously had granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of the order issued in August, which was set to expire Friday. President Donald Trump on… Read More U.S. grants ByteDance seven-day extension on sale order of TikTok

U.S. grants ByteDance 15-day extension on TikTok divestiture order

The Trump administration granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of a divestiture order that had directed the Chinese company to sell the short video sharing app TikTok by Thursday, the company said in a court filing Friday. TikTok said it now has until November 27 to reach an agreement. ByteDance has been in talks for a… Read More U.S. grants ByteDance 15-day extension on TikTok divestiture order

U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive order banning investments in companies linked to Chinese military

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled an executive order prohibiting U.S. investments in Chinese companies that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, ramping up pressure on Beijing after the U.S. election. The order could impact some of China’s biggest companies, including China Telecom Corp Ltd, China Mobile Ltd and surveillance equipment… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive order banning investments in companies linked to Chinese military

U.S. Justice Department appeals court order blocking ban of TikTok

The U.S. Justice Department said it had appealed a Pennsylvania judge’s October 30 order that blocked the government from imposing restrictions on Chinese-owned TikTok that were set to take effect on Thursday. The Commerce Department’s August restrictions order was to take effect late in the day, barring transactions with ByteDance’s short video sharing app TikTok… Read More U.S. Justice Department appeals court order blocking ban of TikTok

U.S. Treasury Department seeks resolution with ByteDance on national security concerns

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday it wants a resolution of national security concerns it has raised over China-based ByteDance’s acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, which it then merged into video-sharing app TikTok. The statement came a day after China-based ByteDance filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington… Read More U.S. Treasury Department seeks resolution with ByteDance on national security concerns

U.S. judge blocks Commerce Department order barring transactions with TikTok

U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Pennsylvania on Friday blocked a U.S. Commerce Department order barring key technical transactions with TikTok set to take effect November 12. The Chinese-owned short video-sharing app had warned the prohibitions could effectively ban its use in the United States. Beetlestone enjoined the Commerce Department from barring data hosting within… Read More U.S. judge blocks Commerce Department order barring transactions with TikTok

U.S. judge rejects government bid to remove WeChat from app stores

A U.S. judge in San Francisco on Friday rejected a Justice Department request to reverse a decision that allowed Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to continue to offer Chinese-owned WeChat for download in U.S. app stores. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the government’s new evidence did not change her opinion about the Tencent… Read More U.S. judge rejects government bid to remove WeChat from app stores

Vatican says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied audience with Pope Francis

The Vatican said on Wednesday it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election by denouncing its relations with China. The extraordinary remarks from the two top diplomatic officials at the Vatican… Read More Vatican says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied audience with Pope Francis