Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps

Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning transactions with Alipay and several other Chinese apps.

The apps include popular payments platform Alipay, as well as WeChat pay and QQ Wallet.

The executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, says that the Chinese apps are being banned because they are a threat to US national security.

It flags the possibility that the apps could be used to build and track dossiers on US federal employees.

CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate and WPS Office are also included within the order, which only kicks in after Mr Trump has left office.

The order said: “The United States must take aggressive action against those who develop or control Chinese connected software applications to protect our national security.”

The executive order says “by accessing personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, Chinese connected software applications can access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information.”

In its final month in office, Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Chinese companies, including those it considers a national security risk.

Mr Trump has signed executive orders against a range of Chinese firms, including Huawei and TikTok arguing they could share data with the Chinese government.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei and Popular Chinese social media app TikTok have been among the casualties of Washington’s crackdown.

Last month, the Commerce Department added dozens of Chinese companies, including drone manufacturer DJI Technology and the country’s top chipmaker SMIC, to a trade blacklist.

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