Donald Trump bans all US dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an unspecified ban on “transactions” with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat.

Trump had threatened a deadline of September 15 to “close down” TikTok unless Microsoft or “somebody else” bought it. TikTok, Microsoft and WeChat owner Tencent had no immediate replies to queries.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he was expanding the US crackdown on Chinese technology to personal apps, calling out TikTok and WeChat by name. WeChat and its sister app Weixin in China are hugely popular messaging apps.

“The United States must take

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Tories demand review of Chinese involvement at Hinkley nuclear site

Senior Conservatives are this weekend demanding a review of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant after a Sunday Telegraph investigation found a Chinese state energy company is more closely involved in the project than previously disclosed.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, said he believes that ministers had been misled when they approved the role of China General Nuclear in the £22.5bn reactor. Theresa May’s government was assured in 2016 the Beijing-controlled company would be a financial partner only when it took a 33.5pc stake in Hinkley alongside the lead developer, France’s EDF.

The Sunday Telegraph found conflicting

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TikTok plots new London headquarters despite Chinese security row

The company has also been building a UK advertising operation. It hired Antonia Rofagha, the former head of online advertising policy for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, as its new head of European advertising policy in March and in June, it added Gerald Blee from Amazon to serve as TikTok’s global head of advertising policy.

Industry sources said TikTok was targeting younger MPs to plead its case. Earlier this month, it held a meeting with Dehenna Davison, the Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland and one of the youngest members in the Commons.

She said the meeting was about

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From teen dance craze to political tool. How Chinese app TikTok emerged as a force in US election

It’s the world’s goofiest social media platform.

Since TikTok’s launch in China in 2016, the video streaming app’s popularity has exploded, giving rise to a strange new world of lip-synced dance routines, cat videos and other oddball content that keeps hundreds of millions of bored teenagers and young adults mesmerised.

But with 800m active users – including 45m in the US, the social media app owned by Chinese tech giant Bytedance, is now evolving into something less inane: a potentially powerful political tool in a tightly fought US presidential election which is just five months away.

Its growing power has

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