A new Chinese law gives the country the legal ability to retaliate against foreign sanctions.
According to the Associated Press, China enacted a law on Thursday that allows retaliation against foreign penalties over concerns regarding the government being accused of revoking freedoms and committing human rights violations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
The law, according to Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, is intended to “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, dignity, and core interests while opposing Western hegemonism and power politics,” as well as “provide legal support and guarantees for the country to counter discriminatory measures by a foreign country in accordance with the law.”
Wang reacted against US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s request for more focus on China’s growing military might, saying the US was “playing the China card” to justify increased military spending and a desire to “contain China.”
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In the midst of deteriorating relations between the two nations, China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that the United States’ decision to withdraw the Trump administration’s executive orders aimed to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “good step.”
At a routine news briefing on Thursday, ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said, “We hope that the US will treat Chinese firms properly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues.”
Gao called the United States’ decision to rescind prior government proceedings against applications like TikTok and WeChat a “good step in the right direction.”
The White House on Wednesday overturned numerous blanket-style orders issued by previous President Donald Trump against Chinese apps such as WeChat, TikTok, and Alipay. According to President Joe Biden’s new executive order, the US will conduct a “evidence-based” investigation of transactions using apps manufactured, provided, or controlled by China.
At a daily news briefing, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed that the country will continue to defend its interests. It asked the United States to “stop generalizing the notion of national security and abusing state power to crush Chinese technological enterprises,” according to the report.
Last year, courts thwarted the Trump administration’s efforts to ban TikTok and WeChat, but TikTok is still under consideration by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
The Biden administration’s attitude underscores fear that if China’s governing Communist Party exerts pressure, users’ personal data could be revealed through popular apps linked to China. This is a condensed version of the information.