TikTok Endgame Against the Time-Clock

______Assessing China / The TEA Collaborative______

Volume 2, Number 4 in Global TECHtonics: U.S./China Fault-line series

 

The weekend’s big development in the technology arena is Beijing’s eleventh-hour move to alter the timing and trajectory of the sale of TikTok’s U.S. operation.

We touched on the Trump Administration’s August moves against TikTok’s parent Bytedance in the U.S./China De-Coupling: 4 Levels of Risk post two weeks ago.  On August 6th, President Trump signed two executive orders which started a 45-day time-clock involving two Chinese companies with hugely popular social media apps – ByteDance (owner of TikTok) and Tencent (owner of WeChat).  According to those orders, U.S. citizens and businesses would be barred, once the 45-day period expired, from any transaction involving the company and/or its products.  On August 14th, the Trump Administration modified the order as far as it affected TikTok by putting a new order in place, giving TikTok 90-days within which…

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Published by Terry Cooke

Terry Cooke is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GC3 Strategy, a company started in 2002 which currently acts as operating partner to public private partnership platforms in the energy and environment sector and the public health sector and also offers consultancy services relating to U.S.-Greater China technology supply chains. Terry was a 2010 Public Policy Scholar at the Kissinger Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His book Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy was published by the Wilson Center in 2012. From 2006-2008, Terry was Director of Asian Partnership Development for the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. In 2003, Terry left the U.S. Senior Foreign Commercial Service having served as the U.S. Government's top commercial official in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany and as the deputy senior commercial officer in Tokyo, Japan. Terry also served as Commercial Officer in Shanghai, China from 1988-90. Terry received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He has diplomatic proficiency in Mandarin (Chinese), Japanese, German, French and also limited proficiency in Hindi/Nepali.

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