China's new tech export rules could give Beijing a say in TikTok sale

The logo of TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration

China’s new rules around tech exports mean ByteDance’s sale of TikTok‘s U.S. operations could need Beijing‘s approval, a Chinese trade expert told state media, a requirement that would complicate the forced and politically charged divestment.

ByteDance has been ordered by President Donald Trump to divest short video app TikTok – which is challenging the order – in the United States amid security concerns over the personal data it handles.

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