President Trump may have tentatively approved TikTok’s deal to avoid a ban in the US, but what will the Chinese government make of it?
Judging by state-media outlet China Daily’s blistering editorial column this morning – title: ‘No disguising proposed TikTok deal is a dirty and underhanded trick’ – the omens aren’t good.
“What the United States has done to TikTok is almost the same as a gangster forcing an unreasonable and unfair business deal on a legitimate company,” is how it opens.
“The US administration has set traps from the very beginning in its efforts to get ByteDance to sell TikTok to a US company. Now it is trying to give the impression that it has not wielded the cosh by okaying the deal on the cards. But it is just a trick to finally take over TikTok.”
The conclusion suggests that “China has no reason to give the green light to such a deal, which is dirty and unfair and based on bullying and extortion”.