Donald Trump has said, “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States”
The relationship between China and the US is very tensed at the moment. Last month, officials at China’s Housten consolute were seen burning documents and later vacated the premises as they were ordered by the Chinese government. China also lowered the US flag at US consulate in Chengdu and seized it.
Tensions are at an all-time high and TikTok has been thrown into the mix. Reportedly, TikTok users and KPop fans came together to buy a large number of seats at Trump’s Tulsa rally and left it vacant. Reportedly Trump was very furious after the event seeing half-empty arena. It is a well-known fact that Trump likes rallies with big crowds. Just watch him at the India visit where he was in front of more than a lakh people. He was beaming with pride.
The Tulsa rally in Oklahoma was far from what he has imagined it to be and his anger was understandable. Trump was embarrassed and he reportedly has vowed to get TikTok banned.
The US being a capitalist country however wants to turn this tension into another business opportunity, with Microsoft ready to buy TikTok from ByteDance. TikTok is in a position where this business deal looks like the best option for everyone involved. With TikTok under Microsoft, it can be unbanned from India, one of it’s biggest markets.
US investors of ByteDance are also eager to take over the company and make it a US-based company. This would also open doors for the removal of ban from India. It is to be seen which course the company takes. The tension between China and the US is expected to only rise from the series of events.