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Trump’s WeChat Ban Brings Cold War With China Into a Billion Homes

  • Alarm on Chinese social media as popular app threatened
  • ‘Once you erect barriers, how do you take them down?’
Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s TikTok apps.
Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s TikTok apps.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump made his strategic fight with China hit home for potentially billions of people -- generating confusion, panic and fear around the globe.

The U.S. president’s move to ban the Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat in just over six weeks from now sent shockwaves through the tech industry and the many American businesses who rely on the apps to sell goods in China.