The administration will continue to investigate Chinese apps for security threats, while the US and the EU are expected to reveal a technology partnership.
On Wednesday (June 9), US President Joe Biden signed an executive order lifting attempts to ban TikTok and WeChat in a significant change from a Trump policy.
Previous orders signed by Trump sought to ban TikTok and WeChat, but were never fully implemented due to legal challenges.
For TikTok and We Chat, it’s a relief, but that doesn’t mean the Biden administration has adopted a lighter touch on Chinese technology.
In lieu of the Trump-era ban, Biden directed the Commerce Department to investigate the apps for security threats. A separate national security investigation is underway on TikTok.
The White House said the executive order was intended to ensure a secure Internet while “protecting human rights online and offline.”
“The challenge we face with this EO [executive order] is that certain countries, including China, do not share these commitments or values and are instead working to harness digital technologies and American data in ways that pose unacceptable risks to national security, “he said.
Chinese technology was a big problem for the previous administration. For much of 2020, TikTok was mocked by the US for alleged links to the Chinese government, which it denied, almost leading to the company’s US operations being sold to a company. to ensure that it could continue to operate in the US.
That pressure eased when Biden entered the White House, but suspicions about Chinese technology remain high.
This week, Biden makes his first trip to Europe as president, first with the G7 Summit in the UK, followed by meetings with EU and NATO officials next week.
Political reports that the EU and the US are preparing to announce a new technology alliance to restrain China.
The alliance is expected to address China’s dominance in digital commerce and technology supply chains by setting common standards and collective investment.
Uniting against a common enemy in China can help ease tensions between the US and the EU over the latter’s frequent attacks on US companies with competition investigations.