Unexpectedly, today President Trump has issued an order banning eight Chinese apps in the United States on the premise that it is a threat to national security and could obtain sensitive information from users’ devices. I signed it. And that user can also be an employee of the United States federal government.
The apps in question are Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, VMate, Alipay, QQ Wallet, WeChat Pay, and WPS Office. After 45 days, it will no longer be available on the Google Play Store in the United States.
The US government is afraid that these companies may have a relationship with the Chinese government and extract sensitive data. Almost the same criticism that the Trump administration has against TikTok and Huawei.
However, keep in mind that the executive order takes effect after Trump resigns from the presidency, so the event may change as soon as Joe Biden takes office. But we do not expect Biden to be undecided to end the trade war with China. At least for now.