With just two weeks left in office, President Donald Trump has sent out a new executive order targeting Chinese payment apps.
The Tuesday order bars United States citizens or people located in the U.S. from using nine Chinese payment apps. It continues the White House’s earlier efforts to cut off the U.S. market from Chinese-owned apps like TikTok. Yesterday’s order repeats earlier concerns of data collection by the Chinese Communist Party:
“The continuing activity of the PRC and the CCP to steal or otherwise obtain United States persons’ data makes clear that there is an intent to use bulk data collection to advance China’s economic and national security agenda.”
The apps targeted are AliPay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Office. The executive order takes effect in 45 days, by which time Trump will already be out of office. Given that his earlier order to get ByteDance to divest from TikTok was stonewalled in