To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Trump’s ban on China’s WeChat may carry a heavy price

Monday, August 17, 2020

Significance

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders on August 6 that effectively ban the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat. The impact of the TikTok ban will be limited, but targeting WeChat strikes at the heart of the China-US digital ecosystem.

Impacts

  • TikTok's likely takeover by a US business will generate strong negative feelings in China, possibly triggering boycotts.
  • Tencent's deep involvement with international content producers will decrease, further limiting content availability on the Chinese market.
  • Fears of WeChat’s use an instrument of Chinese state power are well-founded, but the cost of banning may still exceed the benefit.
Expert Briefings Powered by Oxford Analytica
Stay up to date
Sign up to the Expert Daily Briefings email alert and receive up-to-the-minute analysis of global events as they happen.
*If your university does not have access to Expert Briefings, visit our information page to find out more.