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Chinese tech companies under siege in America

US ban on TikTok and WeChat comes amid geopolitical battle with rising techno-nationalism

Huawei's troubles around the world may be far from over, but another two Chinese tech companies have temporarily supplanted the Chinese telecom equipment maker as hot targets in an intensifying rivalry between the world's two biggest powers.

Bytedance, the parent company of the video-sharing sensation TikTok; and Tencent, which owns the super app WeChat, have found themselves in the United States' crosshairs in a geopolitical battle set against the backdrop of rising techno-nationalism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 09, 2020, with the headline 'Chinese tech companies under siege in America'. Subscribe